With support of the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda, Government of Uganda represented by Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) has received a grant worth 6 Million Swedish Krona (Approx. Shs 2.5 Billion) from Swedfund to undertake analytical studies for floating solar development in Uganda.
The grant was handed over by H.E Maria Håkansson – Swedish Ambassador to Uganda to Dr. Eng. Harrison E. Mutikanga – CEO, UEGCL.
The study is envisaged to take 21 months starting in January, 2022, with a focus on pioneering the floating solar development on either of the reservoirs at the hydropower plants of; Nalubaale and Kiira, Bujagali, Isimba or Karuma.
This follows the successful signing of an MoU between the Government of Uganda and Swedish government to support the energy sector.
At the ceremony held at UEGCL headquarters, the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda was represented by H.E Maria Håkansson – Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, Swedfund represented by Maria Hammarskjöld Håkansson – CEO/MD and UEGCL represented by Dr. Eng. Harrison E. Mutikanga, the CEO.
“I hope that this study can lead to the development of a viable floating solar project here in Uganda, so that Uganda can continue to pave the way for sustainable renewable energy technologies in both the region and the continent,” – H.E Håkansson said.
“We are grateful to the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda for extending this grant to UEGCL to undertake this project and we believe this will help Government of Uganda to meet the electricity generation capacity needed power the socio-economic transformation of the country,” – Dr. Eng. Mutikanga said.