REA solar project

In East Africa, solar power solutions provider Emerging Power Uganda said that it has been granted a 25-year lease agreement by the Basoga KingdomThe agreement will allow Emerging Power Uganda to own a 100-acre piece of land in Mayuge for the development of a solar PV power plant worth Sh102 billion ($295,2 million).

Solar power project awaits licencing

Busoga Kingdom permanent secretary, Gideon Ronald Lubaale told the Daily Monitor that the solar company will under the agreement be subject to pay annual rent of Sh15 million ($4,341).

According to local media, the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) is currently reviewing Emerging Power Uganda's application for a licence to generate power using solar PV technology.

It is anticipated that the company will be issued with the licence within six months. Furthermore, Emerging Power Uganda's managing director, Raphael Reveche, revealed that after securing the licence it will take six months to install the solar panels.

Upon completion, the solar power plant is expected to add 15MW of power to the national grid, selling units to the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited at $0.11 (Shs377) per unit.

Uganda's current installed electricity generation capacity stands at 852MW while constrained peak demand is 530MW.

Job creation

Reveche revealed that during construction, the project will employ about 50 fairly-skilled workers. He added: “Then during the operation phase, other jobs in security, cleaning and cutting grass will be available.”

Kenya Power to connect 505 schools

In other energy news in East Africa, Kenya Power together with the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) have released statistics indicating that the project of connecting the country’s primary schools is nearing completion.

Energy cabinet secretary Charles Keter told Capital FM radio that the connectivity in the identified schools should be completed within a period of two weeks.

The radio station reported that so far, wiring works have been completed in 4,591 schools, which are awaiting inspection by Kenya Power before being switched on, while metering is being done on 630 primary schools.

"I think with the work they have already done, and if indeed there are 505 schools remaining, I have no doubt they will finish in the given new deadlines," Keter said.