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Solar power project launched at Jinja

6 December 2007 – Uganda has been promised support to increase access to energy by the Governments of Netherlands and Germany. Solar

"Uganda has plenty of energy but it is faced with a big power capacity gap. The challenge is to tap this energy for development," the Netherlands ambassador, Jeroen Verheul said at a ceremony commissioning solar energy equipment for health centres in Jinja.

"To close the gap, we have chosen to support large-scale energy projects like the Bujagali electrification project, whose completion will generate a lot of energy.

"We shall also support small-scale projects like solar energy,"

In order to address the energy gap, the Germany and Dutch governments would ensure that 10 million people in sub-Saharan Africa would get access to solar energy.

The Dutch government will provide 80% of the project finance, while the district of Jinja will provide 20%. Germany will provide technical expertise.

Energy Minister, Daudi Migereko, reiterated the Government’s commitment to extending modern energy reforms to all Ugandans.