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Second Grid-Connected Solar Plant in Uganda Commissioned

Uganda on 16th October 2017 welcomed its second Grid-Connected Solar Photo Voltaic Plant, the 10 MWp Tororo Solar North Plant in Tororo District. The commissioning ceremony was presided over by the Minister of State for Minerals, Honourable Peter Lokeris, and witnessed by several stakeholders in the Electricity Supply Industry.

Honourable Lokeris in his speech expressed gratitude to the Development Partners for choosing Uganda as their investment destination. He also applauded the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) for its role in creating a conducive regulatory environment in which the Electricity Supply Industry has flourished.

The Chief Executive Officer of ERA, Eng. Ziria Tibalwa Waako, in her remarks thanked “the Governments of the United Kingdom, Norway and the Federal Republic of Germany, the European Union and the World Bank for making the Global Energy Transfer for Feed-In Tariff (GET FiT) concept a huge success and making Uganda a Renewable Energy Investment model for the rest of Africa.”

The Head of the European Union Delegation to Uganda, His Excellency Ambassador Attilio Pacifici, noted that “the GET FiT Program had succeeded due to the presence of a strong regulatory framework in Uganda.” He further noted that while financing of Renewable Energy Projects remained complex world-over, Uganda’s effort had demonstrated that it was a possible venture. The Ambassador pointed out that the country was about to reach sufficient levels of power generation, therefore, growth in demand for electricity was key.

Mr. Matteo Brambilla, the Managing Director of Building Energy South Africa (the Project Developer for the Tororo Solar North Plant) thanked the people of Tororo District for working with the company during the development of the Project. He noted that the Project had created permanent jobs for the residents, and would enable communities to access electricity at a lower cost.

About the Tororo Solar North Plant

The 10 MWp Tororo Solar North Plant is the second Grid-Connected Solar Photo Voltaic Plant to be commissioned in Uganda, following the commissioning of the Access Uganda Solar Limited Plant that was commissioned in December 2016, in Soroti District.

The Tororo Solar North Plant consists of 32,240 Photo Voltaic panels distributed over a 14 hectare site. The facility is designed to generate around 16 GWh of energy annually, catering for the energy needs of more than 35,838 people. Located in Asignet A Village, the Plant was developed at a cost of US$ 19.6 Million; and consumers will pay US Cents 11 per kilowatt hour of the electricity generated by the Tororo Solar North Plant.

The Plant was developed under the GET FiT Program, a dedicated support scheme for Renewable Energy Projects managed by the Germany Development Bank KfW in partnership with the Electricity Regulatory Authority; and funded by the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund, the Governments of Norway, Germany, and the United Kingdom. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:37