In line with its mandate as the Administrator of the Uganda Energy Capitalisation Trust (“The Trust”) - a framework for pooling resources from Government and Development Partners for development of Renewable Energy Projects, UECCC mobilized grant funding of up to 13.1 million Euro from the ORIO Infrastructure Fund of the Netherlands Government.
The funding is targeted towards development of nine (9) mini hydro power sites of capacity 0.5MW – 1.5MW as a single project for rural electrification. The project entails generation and distribution of electricity for the nine (9) Mini Hydro Power sites. The selected sites are small and not attractive to the private sector but still remain important for rural electrification.
On completion, UECCC intends to concession operation and maintenance of the sites to the private sector.
The main objective of the project is to contribute to the economic development and poverty alleviation through rural electrification.
More specifically, the project aims to achieve the following:
The project will generally contribute towards realization of national development plan (NDP II) targets on rural electrification, Poverty alleviation, climate change mitigation, health care services, and education services.
Implementation of this project is divided into 3 main phases including a Feasibility Study phase, Construction and Operation & Maintenance phases. The Feasibility Study phase of the project was completed in September 2016 and the project is now heading into the Construction phase.