The Uganda Ministry of Energy in conjunction with Access Uganda Solar ltd, mind http://clark-illustration.com/wp-includes/feed.php a partnership between EREN RE and Access Power have broken ground for what will be the largest privately funded solar power plant in East Africa.
Located in Soroti District in eastern Uganda, cheapest http://changescale.org/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/number.php the 10MW power plant, sickness once connected to the national grid, is expected to provide clean, low carbon, sustainable electricity to 40,000 homes and businesses in the area.
The project will cost USD 19 million.
Hon. Peter Lokeris, State Minister for Mineral Development represented Hon. Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy & Mineral Development at the groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday.
He expressed Uganda government’s gratitude to Access Power for the development of energy in this region of Uganda which he also said gave hope for other regions especially Northern Uganda.
“Uganda suffers an energy deficiency and has sought to work with Corporations such as Access Power to bridge this gap. Government priorities such Agro Processing can only get lifted off the ground with sufficient and reliable energy,” said the Minister.
“I have confidence in the project because our country enjoys an all year round sunny climate which is the resource for Solar Power”.
Reda El Chaar, Executive Chairman of Access Power said the groundbreaking ceremony marks a major milestone for Access Power for Uganda and for the development of Africa.
“Only by working together can we effect real change and answer the urgent need for power of people in Africa,” said Reda.
According to the International Energy Agency, 60 percent of Africa’s population are living without reliable electricity supplies whilst as a continent it has attracted $25 billion in investment in renewables in the past six years.
“Our company brings innovation, expertise and determination to every project we work on and we are particularly proud of Soroti and everyone involved,” added Reda.
Following the opening address from Stephane Bontemps, Board Director, Access Power attendees were given a full update on the construction timeline of the plant.
KfW bank representatives spoke about the GET FiT Facility, a dedicated support scheme for renewable energy projects.
The Soroti project is the first solar power plant to be successfully developed under the GET FiT scheme, in partnership with the Government of Uganda through the country’s Electricity Regulatory Agency (ERA).
It is funded by the European Union Infrastructure Trust Fund, and supported by the governments of Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom.
The location of the solar plant was chosen due to the region’s low power generation capacity and the need to reduce transmission losses.
The first grid-connected solar plant in Uganda is expected to make a significant contribution to increasing electrification rates in the region, which enjoys some of the highest levels of solar resources in the country.
In addition, with a design life of 30 years, the plant has the capacity to expand as its sub-station is able to handle a further 20MW of solar energy.
Current power generation in the region is intermittent, especially during the dry seasons, with extensive load shedding of up to four hours a day.
Only homes and businesses in the town of Soroti itself have access to the grid but more than 80% in the region have none.
This has impeded economic development in the area and also has an impact on the quality of life. Local labour is being hired for the construction phase and the developers will also recruit and train engineers to operate the plant.
Christophe Fleurence, Vice-President of Business Development – Africa of EREN RE said the extensive political and international support to this project, unprecedented in Uganda and in the region, demonstrated again at the occasion of the ground breaking ceremony, underlines the broad willingness to shift boundaries in electricity generation.
“EREN RE which is a renewable energy investor and a long-term independent power producer is determined to switch light on in many other places in Africa and emerging markets more generally, as efficiently as it was achieved at Soroti.”
A major focus of the project work at Soroti is the social and environmental benefits that will be felt in the communities affected by the project.
Local people will gain advantage from employment opportunities since the EPC and subcontractors will employ workers from local communities, hiring at the construction stage particularly from the villages of Alaki and Omuron.
Spain’s TSK Group has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract and will sub-contract parts of the work to local firms within the local communities.
The project will improve access to drinking water since two boreholes will be provided with a manual water abstraction capability.
Six houses are being built as accommodation for teachers. Solar power panels will be provided for the public primary school and Access Uganda Solar are providing desks for the nursery the private school in the North West of the site and on the access road.
As part of an innovative afforestation programme, over 2000 tree seedlings of orange, mango and pine trees will be delivered to the households of affected areas.
To avoid waste, once the solar panels are delivered the wood casings will be given to the local communities.
Spain’s TSK Group is expected to sub-contract parts of the work to local firms within the local communities.
The Kasangati Grade One Magistrates Court is expected this morning to start hearing the case where Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate in last month’s election challenges the continued occupation of his house by police personnel.
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Yesterday, viagra 100mg the Deputy DPP Caroline Nabaasa on behalf of the respondents the Attorney General’s team asked for more time saying that they were not ready with their sworn affidavit in response to the accusations.
The Magistrate Prosy Katushabe gave them up to evening to have tendered in the affidavit, or court would carry on without it today.
Without this affidavit, court is at liberty to order for the immediate release of Dr Besigye according to his Counsel David Mpanga.
However, last evening Col Besigye expressed doubts that police would be willing to implement the court’s ruling if it goes in his favor.
“When court eventually orders Police to vacate my home and never to do it again, who’ll implement it?” he wondered in a tweet.
As such, the FDC strongman called upon his supporters and the citizens to “prepare” to implement the court order.
Police when contacted, refused to the delve into detail on whether or not they would be willing to vacate Besigye’s home on court orders, saying that the matter should be determined first.
The Kampala Metropolitan Police mouthpiece Patrick Onyango told us on phone, “Why don’t we let court decide on that first?”
He added briefly, “But as you know we are a law abiding institution; we do follow court instructions as they come.”
Meanwhile, the Police force has loosened restrictions on friends, relatives and supporters visiting Dr Besigye at his home in Kasangati, but keep an keen eye on each one of the visitors.
Every visitor has to be recorded in a book, questioned by the officers and filmed before being let in.