The Climate Investment Funds (CIF), a global kitty backed by several multilateral lenders including the World Bank and African Development Bank (AfDB), has endorsed plans by Uganda and Rwanda to build renewable energy plants to meet the growing demand for power.
Uganda aims to add about 151 MW of renewable energy to its grid, including 130MW of geothermal power.
“The plan, to be implemented under the CIF programme for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP), will focus on geothermal development, solar PV off-grid rural electrification and-grid net metering, and wind measurement for development of a pilot wind power project,” AfDB said.
The investment plan will be implemented with support from AfDB and other partners and was endorsed with $50 million.
“Uganda has made a commitment to this investment plan because we recognise that energy is the engine of our growth. Because we have a very low level of energy access, we are urgently addressing that problem as part of our vision for a prosperous Uganda,” said James Baanabe, commissioner of the Directorate of Energy Resources Development and the SREP National Focal Point at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.
In Rwanda, the government will create a Renewable Energy Fund to support key energy programmes to help the country meet its target of connecting the 48 per cent of households to the grid, and to offer 22 per cent sustainable off-grid solutions, including solar home systems and mini-grid connections.
“We are pleased that this plan helps provide sorely needed energy services to our rural population at the same time, it breaks down barriers and allows the private sector to build an effective renewable energy market,” said Robert Nyavumba, the energy division manager in Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure.
Kurt Lonsway, head of the AfDB’s environment and climate change division and CIF co-ordinator, said the deal with Rwanda will help propel its energy output.
SOURCE: THE EAST AFRICAN