Promote Clean Energy for Improved Livelihood in Rural Areas

Jinja based Azam premier league side, ambulance Bul FC has officially released three more players bring the list of those departing to six. The three include Edgar Luzige, find Hood Mayanja and Bruhan Matovu. According to the team official statement, the new coach Alex Isabirye opted not to renew the contracts of Hood Mayanja and Bruhan Matovu which had already expired.

The team had earlier on terminated the services of experienced defender Asuman Bajampola assistant captain Herbert Kakande and Captain Crespo Asiku who has since joined Soana. The three were released on allegedly released because of poor performance.

“We can confirm the release of four players; Edgar Luzige, Crespo Asiku,Asuman Bajampola and Herbert Kakande,” the statement partly read.

“The contract of Hood Mayanja and Bruhan Matovu has not been renewed after expiring. BUL FC wishes them the best of luck in their footballing career.”

The team has also confirmed that David Kiwanuka will assist Coach Alex Isabirye, former midfielder, Hussein Kato will continue his role as the team trainer and Bright Dhaira will train the goal keepers.

IDD Cup: Bul FC vs Jinja Municipal

New coach Alex Isabirye will test his trial lists and fitness level of his players with a derby clash against premier league debutants, Jinja Municipal Fc at Kakindu stadium on Idd Day. Both teams share the same stadium as homeground. Jinja Municipal is building strong squad that will fight to stay in the top flight next season under coach Odoch.

Samuel Okulony


The demand for clean, cialis 40mg affordable and reliable energy is the fantasy of every person in rural communities of Uganda, mind having its access improves the health conditions and living standards especially of women and children who are the main energy users at homes.

Clean energy sources for example wind, solar, geothermal are typically the most abundant and practical ways for improving the household energy needs mostly in rural areas in the country.

According to the Alternative Energy Sources Assessment Report, 2004, National Biomass Assessment Study, Uganda has enormous potential of over 5,300 Mw of clean energy.

This creates an opportunity for rural electrification utilities, most especially those which are at a geographical advantage for example, an abundant capacity of wind energy in south western districts of Kabale, Ntungamo, Kisoro, around Mt Elgon and in Karamoja with the average wind speed at 4m/s(meters per second), geothermal with over 450 MW and over 200 Mw of solar power distributed throughout the country.

However, with the abundance of all these forms of clean sources of energy, Uganda is still ranked among the top 100 energy poor countries in the world according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Currently only 15 percent of the population are connected to the national grid power supply unit and having the highest tariffs in East Africa and second in the world after Sweden. This leaves more than the 75 percent of the population to depend on other sources, which are in most cases on dirty fuels.

The way energy is generated and used is clearly moving the country into accelerated impacts of climate change and health complications where the poor suffer the most associated impacts and some of the efforts meant to address the energy crisis are instead worsening the situation for instance, raising energy prices most especially electricity tariffs and or initial purchase costs of other renewable energy technologies limits the capacity of many from affording them hence forcing many to resort to polluting fuels through inefficient burning of biomass.

The demand for clean energy has continued to rise among the communities in Uganda and this is putting in more pressure on the existing forms of energy.

Rural energy utilities are motivated to provide power at least cost thus renewable energy generation projects have to be competitive on economic grounds.

Ample, unexploited renewable energy resources are available with some resource types more abundant in some regions than in others, one major challenge in expanding clean energy generation in rural areas is that many of the areas with rich resources do not have the transmission capacity needed to get the additional power to demand centres.

Due to their typical incorporation as member-customer-owned not-for-profit entities, rural electric utilities are focused on supplying electricity to their local customers in areas where demand growth prospects are often limited.

Moreover, alternative types of rural utilities, especially the tax system and electric power sector policies have an impact on their ability to successfully invest in renewable power generation enterprises.

However, there is clearly substantial latitude for expansion of clean energy generation in the Uganda. The location and the extent of that expansion will depend on many factors including shifting economic conditions, technological improvements, and government policies.

As policymakers consider the alternatives, they will need to take into account the broad impacts of investments in renewable electricity generation, including impacts on the transmission system, the economy and national security.

The supply of modern energy facilitates the improvement of human living conditions and the productivity of sectors. It also contributes by reducing the time spent, mainly for women and children in collecting biomass and therefore can provide an opportunity for an increase in the education level of children and for women empowerment.

Using a life-cycle-cost approach while integrating an assessment of the environmental externalities in remote rural areas where grid-connection is non-existent, photovoltaic solar (PV) technologies provide suitable solutions for delivering energy services to communities using the gift of the sun.

Uganda is located in the tropics that receive suns heat almost through the year making solar energy the most preferred clean, reliable and affordable energy services for rural communities.

It is projected that the energy shortfalls in Uganda are set to reduce following the plans to construct 1.8 billion shillings solar power assembling plant in Kampala, Kyebando, where sunspot Uganda are responsible for assembling and distribution.

This development albeit good needs strong policies from both government and the private sector since the inauguration of the plant within the country does not automatically translate into cheaper and reliable solar panels.

Government and private sector must have a strong influence in ensuring that the plant delivers to its objectives of providing cheaper and high quality solar panels to the communities, a favorable environment to acquire the panels at a cost effective way with options of installments payment should be given priority.

It should be noted that the best way through which access to modern energy services could influence equity issues is by reducing time spent for collecting biomass, in rural areas this activity is mainly carried out by women and children.

Therefore, there is no doubt that the affordability of modern energy will empower these people where the critical hours used collecting biomass could be used in other income generating activities such as commercial foods vending, which is facilitated by improved heating and lighting and generally improved standard of living of the people.

Samuel Okulony

Programs and research coordinator

Africa Institute for Energy Governance

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