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Republic of Uganda

0.048 GW

Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa with an area of 241,038 km2. The country has a population of 40.8 million in 2018 and the capital is located in Kampala. English is the official language.

The services sector is the largest source of value added in the country, accounting for 53% of all economic activities. In 2015, Uganda's economy generated export income from the following merchandise: coffee, oil re-exports base metals and products, fish, maize, cement, tobacco, tea, sugar, hides and skins, cocoa beans, beans and flowers.

Uganda was the first African country to unbundle generation, transmission, and distribution into separate utilities and to offer private concessions for power generation and distribution. In 1999, the Electricity Act unbundled the Uganda Electricity Board (UEB) into three units: ▪ Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) for generation, Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) for transmission and sole electricity buyer, Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL) for distribution. A private company UMEME Ltd., was assigned the main distribution role for the grid. UMEME Ltd. distributes 95% of all electricity in the country.

Biomass is the most used energy source in the country. Along the Nile River, hydropower potential is about 2,000 MW. Average solar radiation is between 5 and 6 kWh/m2 /day with insolation highest in the drier northeastern regions and lower in the mountains in the east and south-west. The use of solar PV started in the 1980s and has been utilized for lighting, vaccine refrigeration in health centers, communications and signaling for the railways and for telecommunication. Solar plants are being installed in the country. The latest development is the commissioning of a solar plant in Gomba district, its central region, which is expected to add 20MW to the national grid. This is the second plant after the first that was built in 2016 in Soroti and is producing 10 MW of energy. A 24 MW solar farm, the Kabulasoke Solar Power Park, developed by a consortium made up of Great Lakes Africa Energy (GLAE), Xsabo Power Limited and Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited has been completed and is expected to be commissioned on the Ugandan power grid this year.

NFP Details: 

Mr.Wafula Wilson:

Ag. commissioner for Renewable Energy

Department Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development

Tel: +25644342380 +256-77867054



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Metka completes 10 MW solar plant in Uganda

Article on Athens-based EPC firm Metka EGN building a private 10MW solar PV project at Bufulbi in Uganda for developer and financier Tryba Energy.

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Uganda commissions 20 MW solar power plant

Article on Uganda commissioning a solar plant in its central region, that is expected to add 20MW to the national grid.

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10 MW PV plant connected in Uganda

Article on Globally integrated IPP Building Energy announcing the start of production at its 10 MW Tororo solar plant. Tororo is the company’s first PV project in Uganda, and among the largest built to date in eastern Africa.

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Uganda plans for net metering

Article on Decentralized Renewables Development Program, which includes an off-grid master plan for the electrification of islands on Lake Victoria and the creation of a pilot program for solar net metering.


Uganda National Bureau of Standards

It's target, to provide standards, measurements and conformity assessment services for improved quality of life.


Uganda Solar Energy Association [USEA]

The Uganda Solar Energy Association is an independent non-profit Association dedicated to facilitating the growth and development of solar energy business in Uganda and East African region. USEA was formed in 2016 by private sector companies that deal in solar energy business with help from Private Sector Foundation, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, and Rural Electrification Agency


Rural Electrification Agency

Universal access to electricity by 2035. Dedicated to socio-economic transformation of lives of Uganda’s rural communities by extending electricity services in an equitable and sustainable manner


Electricity Regulatory Authority

To regulate the electricity industry in accordance with applicable laws, policies, standards and international best practice


MOEMD—Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development

The mandate of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) is "To Establish, Promote the Development, Strategically Manage and Safeguard the Rational and Sustainable Exploitation and Utilization of Energy and Mineral Resources for Social and Economic Development

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Target: To achieve an accelerated pace of rural penetration; 26% access for rural areas by 2022

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Renewable Energy Policy, 2007

Target: To make modern energy services, like electricity, a substantial part of energy consumption

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Energy Policy, 2002

Target: Meet the energy needs of the population


SREP Uganda Investment Plan

Details out the plan for encouraging investment

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Climate Investment Fund

CIF provides information for investors

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IRENA RE Resource

IRENA renewables resource centre

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Local Site with tenders

Website lists tenders for electricity generation projects