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Huge Ugandan solar scheme starts

Solar

Construction of a 10MW solar energy plant has begun in Uganda.

The $19M (£13M) project in Soroti is being promoted by Paris-based Eren Renewable Energy and Dubai headquartered Access Power.

Spain’s TSK Group is in charge of engineering, procurement and construction on the project, and will sub-contract some work to local firms. The plant is expected to be providing energy to the grid this summer.

Eren Renewable Energy vice-president of business development in Africa Christophe Fleurence said: “The extensive political and international support to this project, unprecedented in Uganda and in the region, demonstrated again at the occasion of the ground breaking ceremony, underlines the broad willingness to shift boundaries in electricity generation.”

A grant was made to the project of €8.7M (£6.8M) from the European Union’s Infrastructure Trust Fund.

EU head of delegation to Uganda Kristian Schmidt said: “Uganda is a good place to invest in solar energy. The regulatory framework is conducive and the government rightly recognises Uganda’s energy future must be renewable.

“It is great that this is now triggering private sector interest in solar power generation.”

 

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