ISA to accelerate solar initiatives in Uganda


The International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the government of Uganda have agreed to formalise a comprehensive Country Partnership Framework (CPF) to advance solar energy development in Uganda. The framework is set to be inked in May 2024 during Uganda’s high-level visit to India.

The document was agreed upon during ISA’s mission to Uganda.

The government of Uganda is also processing a voluntary contribution for ISA initiatives. “This will strengthen ISA’s work and foster collaboration among nations towards achieving solar energy goals. By pooling resources and expertise, nations unite in a common goal, driving the solar revolution globally forward,” stated ISA.

Significant outcomes of the mission included accelerating the solar mini-grid project to address Uganda’s energy access challenge, and advancing the solar water pumping project under the India, Brazil, and South Africa (IBSA) Fund. New areas of cooperation were also explored, such as establishing a Solar Technology and Application Resource Centre (STAR-C), which is ISA’s initiative to foster the development of essential human capacities and skills within the population of a Member Country, and the extension of regulatory support across a wide array of areas including solar home systems and e-mobility. Prospects for support to Uganda in the field of green hydrogen and the benefits Uganda could reap from ISA’s financing mechanisms, including the Global Solar Facility and Viability Gap Funding, were also reviewed.

“Uganda has greatly benefited from all capacity-building programmes offered by the International Solar Alliance. We look forward to enhancing this collaboration through a series of tailored training sessions addressing Uganda’s specific solar sector needs. One such area under discussion is the Advanced Solar Project Financing Training, which ISA will conduct exclusively for Uganda,” noted Dr Brian E. Isabirye, ISA’s National Focal Point in Uganda.

Dr Barakat Ahmed, ISA’s African Regional Programs Head, acknowledged, “The recent ISA mission to Uganda aimed to accelerate ongoing collaborations and explore new avenues for solar energy development. Discussions focused on both existing partnerships and untapped collaboration opportunities. The agreement to sign a Country Partnership Framework, which serves as the guiding light for ISA’s relationships with its Member Countries, marks a significant step forward and demonstrates a commitment to mutual benefit and the growth of solar-powered solutions.”

The International Solar Alliance is an international organisation with 119 Member and Signatory countries. It works with governments to ease solar deployment and promote solar power as a sustainable transition to a carbon-neutral future. ISA aims to unlock $1 trillion of investments in solar by 2030 while reducing technology and its financing costs. It promotes the use of solar energy in the agriculture, health, transport, and power generation sectors.


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