The hybrid solar mini grids are designed in such a way that electricity is generated from renewable solar power and connected to the remote grid that subsequently provides electricity to several customers in the given rural and urban location.
Twenty five hybrid
solar powered mini-grid projects worth over shillings 18 billion
have officially been launched in Lamwo
The solar powered mini grid projects being implemented by the Ministry
of Energy and Mineral development, Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Electricity
Regulatory Authority (ERA) and GIZ with funding from the European Union and the
German Federal Government was launched on Tuesday in Paloga Sub County in Lamwo
The hybrid solar powered mini grids are designed in a way that
electricity is generated from renewable solar power and connected to the remote
grid that subsequently provides electricity to several customers in the given
rural and urban location.
The project Director at the Ministry of Energy Engineer Cecilia
Manya says the project is part of the government's initiative that is
developing 40 mini grids countrywide with 25 already installed in Lamwo and 15
in the districts of Isingiro and Rakai, being operated by the private sector.
According to Menya, the Lamwo mini-grid project has
successfully connected 20,000 households, 120 Small and Medium Enterprises and
over ten social institutions that have been supplied with non-stop electricity,
day and night.
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The benefitting villages include, Tumanum B, Apwoyo Trading
Centre, Oboko Trading Centre, Loromibenge A and B, and Ywaya in Agoro Sub
County; Paloga Central and Lapidiyenyi in Paloga Sub County.
Others are Potika trading Centre, Pany Buk East and West,
Moroto in Potika Sub County, Labayango and Corner Dec in Padibe Aceba Sub
County; Opoki in Padibe West Sub County; Ngomoromo, Pangira, Licwar Central in
Lokung Sub County.
Lelapwot West, Aweno Olwi, Lokung Logwak in Lokung East Sub
County, Paluda, Ogili Trading Centre, Apyetta Trading Centre, Apyetta West in
Palabek Ogili Sub County; Kapeta, Ayuu Alali in Palabek Kal Sub County; Otaa
and Muddu Central in Nyimur Sub County and Pawena Trading Centre in Palabek Gem
The Lamwo district LCV Chairperson Sisto Ocen Oyet commended
the government for the initiative saying the project will improve the living
conditions of the populace through spurred small scale businesses and economic
growth in all the benefitting villages.
Oyet stressed that Lamwo being one of the leading
agricultural producers in the region, the solar electrification will help boost
the sector through value addition, powering irrigation systems and water pumps,
reduction of droughts and improve food production.
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The European Union Ambassador Atillio Pacifici says the
projects is part of their commitment in the recent COP26 conference in Glasgow towards
eliminating and combating climate change challenges, global warming of the
planet and its negative impacts.
Paciffici says renewable energy technologies are cost
effective compared with the grid extension in addressing both the energy demand
of the underserved people across the country and combating environmental
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The German Ambassador Mathias Schauer says electricity is
fundamental in the development of the country and anticipates that the people
of Lamwo will experience an increase in wellbeing and employment opportunities
due to a spur in the local economic activity and a growth of small scale
The state minister for Northern Uganda Grace Freedom
Kweyocwiny says the overall objective is stability consolidation of Northern
Uganda, poverty and under-nutrition eradication and strengthening the
foundations for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development.
Kweyocwiny however reminded the beneficiaries to ensure
owning and maintaining the solar mini grid project and devising long-term
sustainability plans towards government’s interest of achieving a middle income
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The state minister for Energy Sidronius Okaasai Opolot says
the project is in line with the government's vision, which aims to provide
universal access to clean electric energy for the Ugandan population by 2040.
Opolot however stressed that the beneficiaries should desist
from engaging in tendencies of vandalism and theft of the electric
installation since it compromises the objectives of the project.