UK-UN pledge support for Uganda’s solar industry

The UK and UN has joined forces to help boost the solar energy industry in Uganda. The partnership between the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has pledged to support the Uganda Solar Energy Association (USEA). More than 70% of the population in Uganda currently don’t have access […]

Urine generates a wee bit of power in Uganda

  A field trial to test Pee Power in a remote location in Uganda has successfully been completed. The technology generates electricity using urine as a fuel, among other types of wastewater. A research team from Bristol BioEnergy Centre (BBiC) – part of Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) at the University of the West of England […]

East Africa’s ‘biggest’ solar plant enters operation

A solar plant claimed to be the largest in East Africa has entered operation. The 10MW Soroti Solar Power Station in Uganda is made up of 32,680 panels and is the country’s first grid-connected facility of its kind. It is owned by Access Power and has cost around $19 million (£15m). It will provide roughly […]

UK and Uganda sign deal to improve energy access

The UK and Uganda have signed an agreement to improve energy access in the African country. The ‘Energy Africa Compact’ sets out actions that will faciliate a stronger and more sustainable market for solar home systems. It also aims to remove barriers to energy markets for private sector investment and innovation so the most vulnerable […]

$121m to improve electricity access in Uganda

An investment worth $121 million (£77.44m) will be used to improve electricity access in Uganda. The government will use the loan to expand power use in rural areas. Only 14% of Ugandans nationwide and 7% in rural areas have access to a reliable energy source, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB). The project includes the […]

Chinese oil company lands $2bn deal in Uganda

China’s state-owned oil company CNOOC has landed a $2 billion (£1.23 billion) deal to develop a field in Uganda. Ugandan Junior Energy Minister Peter Lokeris said: “It is a milestone towards making us self-sustaining as far as oil and gas production is concerned. “The contractor among other responsibilities will be responsible for developing the Kingfisher […]

Oil and gas ‘will boost East African economy’

The promise of East African oil and gas is continuing to grow and will add value to the region, an upstream oil expert believes. Dr Duncan Clarke, Chairman of Global Pacific & Partners thinks both onshore and offshore oil in the 15 countries of the region including Kenya, Somalia and regional oil giant Uganda are […]

EU launches renewable project in Uganda

The European Union has launched a renewable energy initiative in Uganda in an effort to promote using it. Called the Sustainable Energy Markets Acceleration (SEMA), the €850,000 (£682,000) project, which lasts for four years, is funded by the European Union and Hivos People Unlimited, a development agency. It aims to educate people about the importance […]

Uganda poised for oil breakthrough

Uganda is on the brink of becoming one of the main players in world oil production. The Lake Albert region of the country is home to an estimated 400m barrels of oil. The site covers an area of over 12,000 square kilometres which has been split up into three blocks. These blocks, Block 1, 2 […]