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Power Africa launched Power Africa Uganda Electricity Supply Accelerator, which is aimed at boosting the East African country’s generation capacity by 1,000MW.With an estimated cost of $11 million, the facility will assist the Ugandan government in establishing one million new connections by 2020.The announcement occurred at the Uganda Solar Energy Association Expo in Kampala, where senior officials from the governments of Uganda and the US as well as other Power Africa partners highlighted important developments in Uganda’s off-grid electrification efforts.
In a statement released by the U.S. Embassy in Uganda, officials said the Accelerator builds on existing Power Africa support to the Rural Electrification Agency and the Electricity Regulatory Authority for enhancing electricity access and improving the regulatory framework for mini-grids.
US Ambassador Deborah R. Malac and UK High Commissioner Peter West also announced programs to support the continued growth of energy access in Uganda in order to increase economic opportunities for all Ugandans.
“Solar home systems can contribute greatly to national development,” said Ambassador Malac.“With solar energy, we can power irrigation systems; we can store medicine in rural health centers; and we can improve the quality of education children receive.”