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UK-based energy solutions provider, Great Lakes Africa Energy (GLAE), announced the completion of the development of the 24MW Kabulasoke solar power park in Uganda.

According to the Capital FM, GLAE has been acting as the lead financial and technical investor and forms part of the consortium comprising Uganda’s Xsabo Power Limited.

The solar power project has been developed in conjunction with the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited.

GLAE director Michael Kearns, revealed that the commercial operations start date (COD) for the project, was achieved on Sunday, 30 December 2018.

“With the achievement of a COD milestone, we are now ready to undertake the ceremonial commissioning of the largest solar power park in East and Central Africa at the earliest opportunity,” said Kearns.

“The grid switching of the Kabulasoke project marks yet another milestone for GLAE alongside our other projects in Ndola Zambia and Rovuma in Mozambique, where we are providing energy solutions to power national development ideals,” Kearns added.

Kabulasoke solar power park

Once officially commissioned, the Kabulasoke project, which is said to be already connected to the national grid, will serve a population of more than 5 million in rural Uganda.

“At Great Lakes Africa Energy we are proud to be associated with the Government of Uganda, Xsabo Power Limited and the consortium partners for making this project possible,” Kearns said,

He added: “We are passionate about our mission to power the Great Lakes and Southern Africa region including Uganda, by developing and managing state-of-the-art power projects generated from the most efficient local sources of energy.”

The Kabulasoke solar power park, features Tier 1 poly crystalline solar modules with an efficiency of 17.6 percent which is now highest in the Industry ensuring a high energy yield.

The engineering design for the project, also integrates a state of the art invertor plus power transformer solution to minimize energy losses. The GLAE Power plant design ensures less than 0.5 percent energy losses for the plant.

The on-schedule completion of the 24MW Kabulasoke Solar Power Park, comes hot on the heels of the firm’s recent partnership with the Government of Mozambique.