Solar energy as an alternative source of electricity and other use has prompted Power Africa to warrant over UGX 1.9 billion that will support the solar energy sector in Uganda. The United States-government led initiative earlier this year launched an initiative to boost energy access in Uganda. Most parts of the country live in darkness and suffer the consequences of under development due to energy challenge.
Companies have expressed their desire to light up the country as part of the Africa’s goal to boost electricity access for economic growth. In some parts of Uganda, citizens use kerosene as an alternative fuel which is perilous to the environment and the health of citizens.
The Power Africa Uganda Electricity Supply Accelerator initiative launched in February this year forecast to increase Uganda’s generation capacity to 1,000MW with over 1 million connections by the year 2020. The country has a broad presence of the private sector that seeks energy solutions for their businesses.
Rural areas have been neglected zones due to their numerous challenges such as lack of power supply and horrendous infrastructure that add on the cost of operations for companies. Agriculture and other developments have slumped leaving untapped potential run into waste. Social amenities have struggled to establish themselves such as schools and hospitals rendering the residents unlearned and rob them job opportunities to elevate their lives.
Households can take hold of the solar energy solutions for domestic and economic use. The government hopes to achieve their middle income status by 2030 and the initiative would be one of the stepping stones to the ambitious objective.
Power Africa interventions will help in the development of grand master plans to tackle the development project as well as development of digital financial services. With more connections, economic prowess will build to attract other investors into the untapped areas for a balanced development.