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Energy ministry in renewable energy drive

Energy Minister, Irene Muloni and Eskom officials addresss the press at the official launch of the sustainable Energy Campaign 2018 on July 20 at Amber House, Kampala (PML Daily PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development with support from Eskom Uganda Limited is on Monday, July 23 holding the fourth Edition of the Sustainable Energy Campaign 2018.

The sustainable energy campaign 2018 is slated for July 23 – 28 and aims at promoting demand side management through the use of alternative energy sources such as renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices in the country.

The 2018 campaign will take place in Mbarara Municipality at Boma Grounds, Mbarara for five days.

“The Sustainable Energy Campaigns are designed to meet government’s commitment to providing energy for social and economic development in a sustainable manner,” said Eng David Bilimumaso, the acting commissioner and the energy officer at Ministry of Energy and mineral development.

Eng Bilimumaso told PML Daily at the launch of the Sustainable Energy Campaign 2018 ahead of the launch on 25 July at at Boma Grounds, Mbarara that government has set up a renewable energy policy framework which sets policies for increasing uptake of renewable energy in the country.

He revealed that the overall objective of this policy is to make renewable energy an alternative for energy sources.

The government is also supporting association of renewable energy providers to scale up their work and also address major challenges in the market such as the poor quality of products and build technological capacity.

He explained that the ministry’s aim is also to find solutions for rural electrification provides affordable, sustainable and reliable electricity to off-grid areas and facilitate access to clean light, safe water, communication, information, medication and various business opportunities.

In 2016, the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) has endorsed Uganda’s renewable energy investment plans, a move aimed at financing renewable energy projects in the country.

The endorsement gave Uganda $50 million (Shs168.9b) from CIF under the scaling up renewable energy in low income countries programme (SREP).

According to Mr Yusuf Masaba, the Communication Specialist at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development the SREP funding will help countries to advance geothermal exploration, solar photovoltaic net metering, building of mini-grids and the development of wind power in the country.

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