Promotion of Solar Water Heating in Uganda


To save electricity especially during peak hours by switching water heating in households and institutions from electricity to solar water heating

Main Activities

  • Create awareness about the benefits of solar water heaters among city planning authorities, Ministry of Housing, professional bodies of architects and engineering professionals, and the general public;
  • Establish appropriate financing mechanisms for manufacturers, vendor companies and consumers;
  • Develop policies to promote solar water heaters;
  • Establish standards and guidelines for integrating solar water heaters in buildings;
  • Establish by law and regulations for integration of solar water heating systems in new and renovated buildings
  • Train 20 engineers and technicians to develop local capacity to install and maintain solar water heating systems
  • Prepare an investment plan to finance replication and scale up of solar water heater use.
  • Save 1 MW of electricity during peak hours by installing 500 solar water heaters
  • Reduce the increasing number of companies dealing in solar thermal

Expected Impact

  • Reduction in electricity rationing during the peak hour;
  • Reduction in energy bills in house holds and institutions using solar water heaters;
  • Reduced government spending on subsidies to buy down electricity tariffs due to expensive diesel generators;
  • Reduced green house gas emissions from diesel fuelled thermal power plants;
  • Reduced cost of solar water heaters;
  • Development of reliable solar water heating systems;
  • Availability of trained solar water heater installation engineers;
  • Increase in the share of renewable energy in the national energy mix.
Programme sector: 

Renewable Energy (RE) (Policy&Regulation)

Stage of project: 





2008 - 2010


€ 377,000 including co-funding from Govt Of Uganda

Implementing agency: 

Ministry of Energy and Mineral development

REEEP grant funded by:

Government of Ireland