Wind, Solar to add 250mw to Uganda’s power grid

wind-farm09 May 2013, Kampala – Uganda’s Electricity Regulatory Authority, ERA, plans to add 250megawatts, mw, of electricity to the country national grid through 11 wind and solar power projects.

Power supply from the plants, when completed, will benefit electricity consumers in up-country areas of Kasese, Soroti, Tororo, Mubende, Lira and Gomba.

Mola Solar Systems Uganda has filed a notice of intended application for a license for generation and sale of electricity from solar and wind power parks in various parts of the country.

The company is yet to carry out feasibility studies leading to the development of a 20mw solar power park in Kabulasoke, 10mw in Lira, 20mw in Nkenda, 50mw in Nkonge and 50mw in Opuyo.

Wind power parks include 20mw planned for Tororo, 10mw in Nkenda, 15mw in Nkonge, 5mw at the banks of River Awoja, 20mw in Kabulasoke and a 30mw expansion in Tororo district.

Only 12% of 6.5 million households access electricity from the national grid, according to the Uganda National Household Survey report 2010.

Electricity demand is growing steadily at between 60mw and 50mw each year. The projects will ensure that supply and demand remain even.

ERA has issued statements inviting affected parties and local authorities in the affected areas to lodge objections before a go-ahead is given to the developers.

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