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Power Africa Uganda Accelerator signs MoU to boost solar energy access

Uganda’s off-grid solar expansion programme has been granted $500,000 (about Shs 1.9 billion) by the US government-funded initiative, Power Africa Uganda Accelerator.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Power Africa Uganda Accelerator and the Uganda Solar Energy Association (USEA) to boost access to solar energy solutions.

The USEA consists of more than 95 private companies providing solar energy solutions to consumers especially in rural areas, the Observer reported.

According to the Observer, the agreement states that the USEA will help in ensuring solar energy dealers comply by availing high quality products and services to their customers. Power Africa will financially support USEA in training its staff, dealers and promotion of solar energy solutions to the general public.

Media cited the USEA chairman Emmy Kimbowa who said the deal is a timely boost to the sub-sector as the government pushes for increased uptake of solar energy solutions for off-grid rural communities.

Kimbowa says they have developed a three-year strategic plan (2018-2020) in which the association will focus on recruiting more members to cover every district at the sub-county level.

By 2020, Kimbowa is optimistic that 60% of households in Uganda will have access to solar energy products or services.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.


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