Kasese for clean energy

L-R: Rose Kato, Vian Musika, Augustine Koli and Agnes Asiimwe speaking about the initiative at Messiah FM, Kasese

WWF – Uganda Country Office in collaboration with an international firm, Barefoot Power Uganda are starting an initiative to light up 100 homes in Kasese district with solar home systems before December 2012.

The initiative, known as Light Up A Village, seeks to make Kasese District a replicable model for the entire country on how to achieve renewable energy for all.

WWF and Barefoot believe clean energy is essential for poverty eradication and want to see a future where every Ugandan has access to clean, reliable and affordable energy.

A 2011 study by WWF-UCO revealed that 124,817 households in Kasese district depend on kerosene (paraffin) to light their homes at night.  If these were enabled to replace their kerosene lamps with solar or another clean energy source, over 6,490,484 litres of kerosene would be saved per annum. This is equivalent to 7,788,581 dollars worth of kerosene saving based on the current local kerosene prices in Uganda. 

Compared to paraffin, solar is cheaper, easy to use, saves time and does not produce soot which is a great health risk to the users.

Light up a village initiative

The WWF Uganda Country Office Clean Energy champion concept aims at establishing a replicable district model that is climate resilient and that harnesses renewable energy resources, such as the sun, wind, biogas, to meet energy needs for human development.

WWF UCO is partnering with Barefoot Power Uganda to work with a suitable qualified SACCOs to enhance clean energy access. The SACCOs will be from a community far off from the national electricity grid.

Barefoot, WWF and another Dutch based organization called MESICS are giving 25 million worth of solar equipment to one SACCOs in form of an interest free loan.  Through a competitive process one SACCOs will be selected. The winning SACCOs will get a cash prize of 3,750,000. The SACCO will also qualify for an interest free loan of up to 10,000 dollars.

By December 2012, 100 homes will have been serviced with solar units. The two organizations will also identify a social facility from that village of the SACCO – such as a health centre or a police station and this will be equipped with solar free of charge.

The competition will be open for a week, from October 6 to October 13, 2012. The application forms are available at WWF Country Office in Kampala, WWF Kasese office, Kasese District Office, Guide FM, Messiah FM.

For more information please contact:  Vian Musika on 0782-740 717

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