The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), under Sections 29 and 33 of the Electricity Act 1999, is mandated to award Feasibility Study Permits and Licenses for the Generation and Sale of Electricity to intending Independent Power Producers.
ERA has granted Permits to companies intending to undertake feasibility studies and other activities leading to the development of grid-connected solar Photo Voltaic (PV) projects of up to 49 MW. It is notable that the current reverse solar tender process under the Global Energy Transfer for Feed-in-Tariff (GETFiT) solar facility will add a total of 20 – 30 MW of solar PV to the National grid. Furthermore, the Authority has received Expressions of Interest for the development of grid-connected solar PV plants adding up to 986 MW.
In light of the above, ERA envisages potential power evacuation and grid stability challenges resulting from the intermittent nature of solar PV plants. Therefore, in order to mitigate the above-mentioned foreseeable challenges and to guide the Licensing process, a comprehensive grid stability study to determine the maximum immediate and near future (5 years) amount of solar PV generation capacity that can be accommodated by the National Grid is currently being undertaken by the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL).
The general public is hereby requested to TAKE NOTE that the Electricity Regulatory Authority has deferred the receipt of unsolicited bids until such a time when the above mentioned study is completed. It is expected that the study results shall form the basis for further Licensing of grid-connected solar PV projects.
This notice only applies to grid-connected solar PV projects. Unsolicited applications are welcome for all other Renewable Energy technologies as well as island grid solar installations.