Power Africa Uganda Accelerator,US government-funded initiative, and Uganda Solar Energy Association,USEA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding ,MOU that grants Uganda’s off-grid solar expansion programme US $500,000 to boost access to solar energy solutions in the country.
The agreement states that USEA will help in ensuring solar energy dealers comply by availing high quality products and services to their customers. Power Africa will financially support USEA in training its staff, dealers and promotion of solar energy solutions to the general public.
According to the USEA chairman Emmy Kimbowa, the deal is a timely boost to the sub-sector as the government pushes for increased uptake of solar energy solutions for off-grid rural communities.
Kimbowa says they have also developed a three-year strategic plan (2018-2020) in which the association will focus on recruiting more members to cover every district at the sub-county level.
The USEA consists of more than 95 private companies providing solar energy solutions to consumers especially in rural areas.By 2020, Kimbowa is optimistic that 60% of households in Uganda will have access to solar energy products or services.