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Over 100 households connected to renewable energy

Whereas the government lacks the resources to deliver universal energy access through subsidized grid extension, the private sector is striving to fill the gap by connecting rural households more efficiently. The seventh solar village located in Ruhita, Kafunjo parish, Ruhara Sub County in Kabale district, is one of the villages to benefit from private sector efforts where at-least 100 rural households are to be connected to renewable energy solutions.

Renewable energy is being championed as a potentially significant new source of jobs and rural growth in South Western Uganda, and a means of addressing environmental and energy security concerns.

Ruhita Village, in Kafunjo Parish, Buhara Sub County, is where the 7th Solar Village has now been established. The model being advanced by Solar Entrepreneuers Network for Decentralized Energy Access – SENDEA, aims at enabling a record 100 households to access cost effective solar accessories.

Loy Kyazaire, the CEO of SENDEA Uganda says they are looking at increasing energy access to the last mile.

“We have so far done six solar villages. We have done in Luwerro, Kasese, Buikwe, we have done in Jinja, Mbarara. Now we are here in Ruhita Village, planning to do more solar villages. God willing and also with the availability of funds, we are still lobbying for more as we look at increasing energy access to the last mile,” she said.

But this ever-misty countryside of Kigezi means that the accessories available to the farming community in the Kigezi region must be of much stronger quality in order to ensure retention of solar energy.

Allan Ntaale an electronics vendore in Kabale district notes that there are variations in the amounts of sun the different regions of western Uganda receive which calls for stringer quality of the solution.

“Weather disturbs peope because if someone from Kasese buys 10 watts, while If someone buys 30 watts from Kabale, you will find that they get the same amounts of power which means that Kasese has a lot of sunshine as compared to Kasese.”

The project being implemented by Sendea and Solar Aid initiative Kabale is targeting wider access to more renewable energy accessories to rural communities; businesses and social activities.

Izodolo Tumusiime, the director of Solar First Uganda notes that many people in the villages are not connected to the power grid.

“The Power grid is basically on the road side, so majority of our people are not connected which means they are using paraffin and candles which are very detrimental to the environment by the roadside,” he said.
The Ruhita residents hope the initiative will transform the village.

These hilly ridges of Kigezi are dotted with numerous small-scale farmers, who mainly eke a living from Agriculture. Beneficiaries will however ensure monthly payment of 50,000 for the renewable energy accessories.

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