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Increased solar power to boost Uganda’s electricity sector

Following the launch of the 24MW solar plant in Kabulasoke in Gomba District, it has been declared that there are more solar power plants to be built.

Xsabo Group, the company which forms part of the consortium that completed the development of the  Kabulasoke solar power park, is planning to invest $200 million in the generation of solar power to supply to the national grid, its CEO David Alobo, has declared.

According to The Independent, Alobo said the company plans to implement similar projects in Soroti (50MW), Mubende (50MW), Kasese (20MW), and Lira (10MW).

The development work in Mubende is expected to commence in April this year followed up with Soroti and others.

“This is just the beginning; we have the money ready,” he said, adding, “we are doing this out of patriotism and love for our dear country and our dear people.”

Kabulasoke power project

The Kabulasoke power project sits on a 120-acre piece of land with a 20-year generation concession issued by the industry regulator, Electricity Regulatory Authority.

The company would sell its electricity to Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited at $11 cents. Read more: Ugandan solar power park set to connect to the grid

Alobo assured that households that surround the projects will benefit through land compensation and free electricity connectivity to the nearby schools and health centres.

“The general idea behind these projects is to generally support investments, power industries which are instrumental in supporting growth of the economy,” he said.

Simon D’Ujanga, the state minister for energy and mineral development said the country will have 120MW of solar energy connected to the national grid as at the end of this year.

“We want to use solar to enhance electricity access in rural areas. These investors are complementing government efforts of supporting industrialisation and socio-economic development,” D’Ujanga said.

Babalwa Bungane
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