Ugandan Government looks to mini-grids to increase power access

Over the next fi ve years, the Government will prioritise the development of mini electric power grids, off grids and extension of the national grid to areas where it is nonexistent.

This, according to the energy minister, Eng. Mary Gorretti Kitutu, is intended to increase access to clean energy from the current 20% to well over 75%. The Government resorted to the mini-grids due to the persistent low level of access, which was not supporting rural transformation fast enough, Kitutu said.

She said the small-scale renewable energy generation can provide the necessary supply to remote areas and also minimise the risk of overdependence on one source.

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