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Multibillion Solar Power Plant To Serve 40,000 Households

Stephane Bontemps, the Managing Director Access Uganda Solar Limited, said the 10MW solar power plant, will be the largest in East Africa. He said once completed the plant will provide clean and sustainable electricity to 40,000 homes in Uganda.
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Forty thousand homes in Northern and Karamoja regions are set to benefit from a multimillion dollar solar power plant in Soroti district. The construction of US 19 million dollar solar power plant project will be financed by European Union and Netherlands government.

Peter Lokeris, the Energy and Mineral State Minister, conducted the ground breaking ceremony for the power plant construction in Kalaki village in Opuyo parish in Soroti sub-county this afternoon. The function was also attended by Alphons Heinekens, the Netherlands and his European Union counterpart, Kristian Schmidt.

The two diplomats pledged on behalf of their governments to support the project fully until its completion. Stephane Bontemps, the Managing Director Access Uganda Solar Limited, said the 10MW solar power plant, will be the largest in East Africa. He said once completed the plant will provide clean and sustainable electricity to 40,000 homes in Uganda.

According to Bontemps, the plant is expected to be up and running in July this year. He said the solar panels will cover 33 acres of land. George Michael Egunyu, the LC V chairperson Soroti district hailed the European Union, Netherlands and German governments for choosing Soroti to host the solar power plant. He also appealed to the solar power plant managers to consider connecting schools once they start operating.

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