Four out of 10 solar systems substandard in Uganda

As the number of solar energy installations grow, the Uganda Solar Energy Association (USEA), which is mandated with verifying the quality of solar equipment on the market has warned Ugandans against falling victim to the increasing number of fake products on the market.

USEA is mandated by Uganda National Bureau of Standards to curb the entry of fake or substandard solar products on the market.
Speaking in Kampala during the signing of Shs1.9b grant, Mr Emmy Kimbowa, the USEA chairman, said: “For every 10 solar energy solutions, you will find about three or four that do not meet required.”

“Quality costs money so you find that a good solar system will cost much more. If government could remove some taxes that cost would come down to Shs1.5m for a good solar system for a household with about six internal lights, four security lights, phone charging, radio and television. As of now, it is about Shs2.5m,” Mr Kimbowa said.

Full article: Daily Monitor



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