Plans are underway for establishment of a grand Wind Energy Project in Karamoja, to complement the undersized power supply in the semi arid region.
Experts from the United States of America, who are undertaking the multimillion project have expressed hopes for success and reliability, since it has been successfully exploited across the border in Kenya.
Professors Fredrick Semazzi and Lian Xie from North Carolina State University, the lead scientists for the International Hydro Climate Project for Lake Victoria Basin (HYVIC), made the revelation last Friday while meeting Karamoja Minister Hon Janet Museveni at State House Nakasero.
While briefing the Minister on the proposed wind energy initiative they want to pilot in Karamoja, Prof Semazzi said that preliminary research showed abundant wind potential in the region.
He explained that wind energy is a renewal source that keeps the environment clean and is also relatively inexpensive since it does not need fuel.
First Lady Janet Museveni, expressed gratitude to the looming initiative. She noted that wind energy would be cheaper to establish industries that would further enhance development in the region.
“Wind in Karamoja is available full time and it would be exciting to have an investor on board to explore the possibility of generating wind power in the region”, said Mrs Museveni.
The researchers came along with officials from a Chinese construction company CCCC- Uganda, led by the General Manager Zhang Weidong, who expressed intent to fund the project through their Chinese Investment partners.
Mr Zhang Weidong at the meeting also expressed his company’s willingness to construct the Mbale –Nakapiripirit road if given a chance.
The proposed Wind Energy project for Karamoja is among the various activities that the Hydro Climate Project for Lake Victoria Basin, under the World Climate Research Program is undertaking. Others pilot projects ongoing in Uganda are the hydroelectric power generation and fisheries in Lake Victoria.
Among the team was Agnes Namitala who is a Nursing supervisor in California Prison, and the Ugandan team coordinator Mrs. Alice Kaboyo and Jonny Zhou CCCC coordinator were also present.