Egyptian gov’t donates Shs53b for a 4MW solar plant to Uganda

By Derrick Wandera.

The government of Egypt has completed donation of Shs 53 billion ($14m) to Uganda to kick-start a four-megawatt solar power project in Busitema University.

Speaking during a ground inspection of the area, the Commissioner Renewable Energy at Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development Wilson Wafula, said the money is already procured and work will commence immediately.

He says the project will take 12 months and the process of shipment of equipment through Mombasa Port is already underway.

In 2016, a bilateral agreement between Uganda and Egypt was signed followed by a Memorandum of Understanding signing in May 2017 in which Egypt donated a grant worth 4MW of solar energy.

Upon completion, the project is expected to boost the solar energy production to 24MW following a private plant in Tororo that was commissioned last month.

According to Prof Mary Okwakol, the Vice Chancellor of Busitema University 7.5 hectares of land have already been given for the project to