Priority area Renewable energy and energy efficiency Better services for households and businesses
There are still deficits in the area of grid development. So far, only a little over 20 per cent of the people have access to electricity. In rural regions, the rate is significantly lower.
In order to establish country-wide electricity supply, the Ugandan government is looking to exploit environmentally responsible sources of energy (hydropower, biomass, thermal power and solar energy).
Germany is helping Uganda to develop renewable energies on a sustainable basis, supporting actions designed to raise energy efficiency and helping with the electrification of rural areas. Ugandan-German cooperation is thus also making a significant contribution towards climate change mitigation. The BMZ is supporting both the construction of hydropower stations and the establishment of small off-grid photovoltaic systems for households and small enterprises. Local power grids are being expanded in order to improve the electrification of rural areas. Uganda is a pilot country for the BMZ's “Green people's energy” initiative, which supports the participation of local citizens, companies and municipalities in the provision of energy.
So far, some 50,000 off-grid solar systems have been set up with German support. Some 600,000 people have been given access to electricity, and 8,500 jobs have been created.
In order to encourage private investment in the development of renewable energy generation, Germany supports, among other things, development partnerships with the private sector and provides advice to the regulatory authority responsible for defining tariffs. Advice is also offered to business federations to help them build technological knowledge and improve their expertise on quality standards and organisational matters.