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As Uganda’s oil and gas sector progresses to the production phase, the private sector and Government have organised a 90-day campaign to highlight opportunities in the sector. The campaign, which will end in August, has been organised under the theme, ‘Uganda’s Journey to First Oil in the Face of a Just Energy Transition.’
Uganda’s Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Matia Kasaija, recently delivered the country’s 2024/2025 national budget. There were some very interesting insights in there that give us a good look into Uganda’s electricity generation landscape as well as the current state and plans to grow the electric mobility ecosystem.
Despite Uganda’s substantial investment in hydroelectric power generation, the country continues to grapple with significant disparities in electricity distribution. While urban areas like Kampala enjoy a relatively stable power supply, many rural regions remain in the dark, with little to no access to electricity.
Two non-profit organisations have collaborated to create a solar-electric microgrid for a free legal aid centre in Bala, Uganda. Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) worked with BarefootLaw on the free legal aid centre known as the LawBox. The microgrid consists of a 4.25kW solar PV system with batteries.
The “Justice Microgrid,” a 14.25-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system located in Bala, provides power for a legal support center, local government buildings, and community spaces. The pilot project, a partnership between the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) and BarefootLaw, aims to foster a more accessible and equitable justice ecosystem.
Beyond powering health centers, solar energy is making strides across Uganda, from agricultural innovations like solar-powered water pumps to home lighting solutions. China’s solar exports to Africa surged by 187 percent in the first half of 2023, according to Ember, an energy think tank.
The EASP project aims to provide free power connections nationwide. The five-year project, funded by the World Bank with a budget of $638 million commenced in July last year. The EASP programme intends to connect more than one million customers on the grid for free.
Zenome Technologies Africa Ltd., a global leader in lighting product manufacturing, has officially commissioned its cutting-edge LED light manufacturing facility in Ntinda, Kampala. This landmark event marks a significant milestone for Uganda’s industrialization agenda, heralding a new era in the production of “Made in Uganda” lighting products.

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