Promotion of Solar Water Heating in Uganda

Purpose

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: 

Completed

Location: 

UG/Uganda

Duration: 

2008 - 2010

Budget: 

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

Implementing agency: 

Ministry of Energy and Mineral development

REEEP grant funded by:

Government of Ireland