In a pilot study by Kirchner Solar Group GmbH, a manufacturer and vendor of solar solutions, and GIZ, a concept for solar power in rural Uganda is being developed. The project’s objective is to give Uganda’s rural population access to climate and health-friendly electricity and ensuring power supply for radio masts. This is done through solar generators, a Kirchner Group in-house development. These are modular, off-grid solar generators with a power output of up to 22MWh of solar energy per year.
80 per cent of Uganda’s 34 million people live on agriculture. Only three per cent of all households have a power connection with a clear impact on the economic growth of small service and craft businesses. The energy demand so far is primarily covered by expensive and hazardous paraffin, petroleum, kerosene or diesel generators and lamps.
The solar generator will mean greater independence from the price fluctuations of international commodities markets for Uganda, and affordable access to energy for private households and businesses. The solar generator is a portable container solution high-performance PV modules that produces up to 22MWh of power annually. In this way, two objectives are achieved simultaneously; on one hand, the modules supply electricity to the local population; on the other, they feed the energy demand of the radio masts operated by leading Uganda-based cell phone provider Airtel. Thereby, it will help establish a full-coverage cell phone network, particularly in rural areas. Moreover, a single solar generator will save up to 6.38 tons of CO² per year.
Kirchner Solar Group has been operating in Uganda since 2008 and has set up four shops, one production plant and a training centre near the town of Kampala. The company will provide the entire technology for the solar system in turnkey mobile “energy containers” on site. Kirchner Solar acts as an energy provider in this context, being the first company in Eastern Africa to invest in such a project and to provide the operational management. This includes training local specialists to make sure the system can be operated and serviced by people from the village. It’s the declared goal of solar-powered electrification to create qualified employment in rural areas.
|Location||Uganda, Central Africa|
|Value||EUR 422 Thousand|