Ugandans shun electricity for solar power

The number of Ugandans connected on solar energy rose exponentially in the period ended June 2020, according to the National Households Survey 2019/20.

The survey, conducted by Uganda Bureau of Statistics, indicates that solar energy connections increased from 18 per cent in 2017 to 38 per cent compared to a drop in hydro and grid connections during the same period.

This, according to experts, could be interpreted to mean that more Ugandans are opting for solar, avoiding the expensive and unreliable delivery time of grid electricity across the country.

The survey indicates that grid connections dropped to 19 per cent for the period ended June 2020 from 22 per cent in 2017. The reduction comes at a time when Uganda is producing more power than available demand.

Read more: Daily Monitor