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Soroti Gets East Africa’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Local football body, this http://davidbrownireland.com/plugins/content/jw_allvideos/jw_allvideos/tmpl/classic/default.php FUFA has resorted to seek divine powers ahead of m dual encounter against Burkina Faso on March in Ouagadougou and later on March 29 at the Namboole stadium.

Fufa revealed they requested various religious sects to set this weekend and pray for the Cranes ahead of a tough assignment which could decide the destiny of a country that has waited for qualification to a major tournament since 1978.

“As a God-fearing institution, http://cheapcouriercomparison.com.au/wp-includes/taxonomy.php we believe in religious power. We want to put the team in prayers that the omen of not qualifying for over 38 years can be broken,” Fufa spokesman Ahmed Hussein told Chimp Sport on Friday morning.

“We are thankful to the different religious leaders that welcomed and accepted our request to have the prayer weekend. We also request the whole nation to put the Cranes in prayers and support them in this period.”

The national team players who will be in the country are expected to attend prayers where they feel most comfortable. The prayers begin on Friday at the National Mosque, Old Kampala from 12.30pm

Then on Sunday, three masses are lined up starting with Rubaga Church (8.30am), Namirembe Cathedral (10.30am) and climax at Victory Church in Ndeeba from 2.30 pm.

Mr Hussein also revealed that “the federation is still in talks with the government to avail a chartered plane to enable easy movement of the team to and from Ouagadougou.”

Study on possible routes that Cranes could use to and from the West African country, show that the earliest the team can arrive is just after kick off while the Stallions are expected to land in Uganda next Sunday.

Uganda currently lead group D with six points, Burkisa Faso are second with three points from one win.
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Fufa revealed they requested various religious sects to set this weekend and pray for the Cranes ahead of a tough assignment which could decide the destiny of a country that has waited for qualification to a major tournament since 1978.

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“We are thankful to the different religious leaders that welcomed and accepted our request to have the prayer weekend. We also request the whole nation to put the Cranes in prayers and support them in this period.”

The national team players who will be in the country are expected to attend prayers where they feel most comfortable. The prayers begin on Friday at the National Mosque, Old Kampala from 12.30pm

Then on Sunday, three masses are lined up starting with Rubaga Church (8.30am), Namirembe Cathedral (10.30am) and climax at Victory Church in Ndeeba from 2.30 pm.

Mr Hussein also revealed that “the federation is still in talks with the government to avail a chartered plane to enable easy movement of the team to and from Ouagadougou.”

Study on possible routes that Cranes could use to and from the West African country, show that the earliest the team can arrive is just after kick off while the Stallions are expected to land in Uganda next Sunday.

Uganda currently lead group D with six points, Burkisa Faso are second with three points from one win.
The Uganda Ministry of Energy in conjunction with Access Uganda Solar ltd, information pills http://dejanmilutinovic.com/wp-includes/ms-default-constants.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, the 10MW power plant, 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.

Stephane Bontemps Managing Director Access Power(2nd left) and Hon. Peter Lokeris State Minister for Mineral Development shake hands after unveiling a foundation stone to mark the commencement of construction of the  Solar power plant in Soroti. Looking on are Christophe Fluerence representative of EREN(left) and Steven Wandera representative of Electricity Regulatory Authority

Stephane Bontemps Managing Director Access Power(2nd left) and Hon. Peter Lokeris State Minister for Mineral Development shake hands after unveiling a foundation stone to mark the commencement of construction of the Solar power plant in Soroti. Looking on are Christophe Fluerence representative of EREN(left) and Steven Wandera representative of Electricity Regulatory Authority

“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.

Load shedding

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.

Stephane Bontemps Managing Director Access Power(right), Steven Wandera representative of Electricity Regulatory Authority (middle) and Hon. Peter Lokeris State Minister for Mineral Development (left) unveil the foundation stone to mark the commencement of construction of the  10MW Solar power plant in Soroti

Stephane Bontemps Managing Director Access Power(right), Steven Wandera representative of Electricity Regulatory Authority (middle) and Hon. Peter Lokeris State Minister for Mineral Development (left) unveil the foundation stone to mark the commencement of construction of the 10MW Solar power plant in Soroti

“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.”

Benefits

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.


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