Power distributor toys with idea of solar energy

A Solar Power Plant in Kabulasoke. According to Electricity Regulatory Authority, the country’s solar energy portfolio currently stands at 50 MW. FILE PHOTO New picture. A mix of centralised and distributed generation; storage close to load centres.
Bidirectional transmission and distribution networks with multiple electric paths from several supply sources to and between customers.
Mainly automated distributed demand response and storage, complemented with some central resource flexibility.

Uganda’s main power distributor Umeme, during the second public hearing, revealed that they are contemplating over providing solar renewable energy.

“We are in pilot stages, as I speak some of our colleagues, the chief operating officer and team, we are piloting to see how we can go into the solar space,” Umeme’s managing director Selestino Babungi says.

The discussion is based on the reality that extending the grid to the whole country is sometimes more expensive and would take a longer time.

Cognisant of solar energy’s augmenting penetration, he said the solution is aiding the areas isolated from the grid, thus improving the universal power access agenda.

The power grid otherwise referred to as the transmission network length as at 2018 stood at 2569.8Km.

Solar capacity
According to Electricity Regulatory Authority, the country’s solar energy portfolio currently stands at 50 MW with the newest addition of 10MW upon commissioning of Bufulubi Power plant in Mayuge.

Four grid connected solar power plants have been commissioned in a three-year period including 10MW Bufulubi, 10MW access solar plant in Soroti district and 10 MW Tororo solar north plant.

The 20 MW Kabulasoke solar plant in Gomba was commissioned in 2018.
Increasing growth in solar energy production is partly attributed to reduction in cost of solar technologies. Integration Utilities 2.0, energy access report published by Power for All, advocated for unification of power utilities and private sector decentralised renewable energy providers (off grids).The integration is expected to push the universal access for all agenda, leaving no one in the dark.In a publication by ESI Africa, during the Africa Utility week, Ms Kristina Skierka, Power for All chief executive officer noted that utilities and off grid power companies have worked in silos.“We need to find a path toward universal electricity access that brings the solution providers together and leverages their strengths, while recognising our shared goal of ending poverty as quickly, affordably and sustainably as possible,” she recommended. Model The report notes, traditional Utility 1.0 models characterised by monopolistic, […]

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