Uganda Solar Energy Association (USEA) is an independent nonprofit association dedicated to facilitating the growth and development of solar energy business in Uganda and East African region. USEA was formed in 2016 by private sectors companies that deal in solar energy business with help from private sector foundation, ministry of energy and rural electrification agency and it is registered under Section 10 of the Societies Act.

Vision

A vibrant institution that promotes the provision of solar energy solutions that match national, regional and international standards.

Mission

To strengthen Uganda’s solar industry, facilitate business growth and promote self-regulation.

Objectives
  • Promote Relevance:  Position solar energy as an important source of power in Uganda’s energy mix.
  • Distribution:  Promote the use of solar energy at all levels i.e. from the smallest private dwellings, to small and medium enterprises, through to commercial and public bodies and up to large parastatal and industrial establishments.
  • Networking:  Strengthen the local solar industry, enhance business opportunities and facilitate business growth for the sector though networks, research and knowledge sharing.
  • Self-Regulation:  Create and promote a self-regulating environment that facilitates the offering of high quality solar energy solutions and services to customers.
  • Information Hub:  Provide a forum for information and knowledge exchange on matters relating to solar energy development and utilization.
  • Capacity Building:  Coordinate, seek and utilize funding, business and training opportunities for the growth of the sector and businesses of members.

 

Our Core Activities

Awareness creation and membership mobilization

  • Promote and create awareness on solar energy technologies, solutions and usefulness to various groups of stakeholders.
  • Provide information on solar energy markets, market actors and technologies.
  • Mobilize solar energy stakeholders to join the association and enjoy the benefits of the association.

Capacity Building and Advocacy

  • Support training, capacity building and certification activities in the renewable energy field and accreditation of renewable energy product and service providers.
  • Offer training and capacity to member to be able to cope with changing technology and emerging markets.
  • Undertake research for purposes of informing advocacy and lobbying activities and to collect information on renewable energy products and markets.
  • Identify opportunities for members to obtain financing loans and security bids for large projects.
  • Undertake lobbying and advocacy in order to improve the business environment of the sector.
  • Conduct research, development and technology transfer to the country on renewable energy application.

Linkages and Networking

  • Utilize business linkages, networks, partnerships and collaborations to facilitate and encourage synergies between various activities e.g. programmes, projects and initiatives in the sector.
  • Participate in organizing regional and international meetings and networking opportunities for the sector.
  • Create forums through which member can have discussion, share information, ideas and strategies for promoting the solar sector and businesses.
  • Mobilize members to undertake joint rural and urban electrification programmes.
  • Link government and the solar private players through representation on various forums and steering committees.
  • Mobilize members to undertake joint rural and urban electrification programmes.

Self-Regulation and Support to Government

  • Sensitize members to adhere to the Association’s Code of Conduct regarding quality systems, appropriate system design, sizing, installation and after sales services to end users.
  • Provide and share data and information in the solar industry for planning and policy direction.
  • Work with government, development partners, and other stakeholders in supporting and implementation of government programmes.
  • Assist government in vetting credible list of company to provide solar solutions and services to the public.
  • Obtain financial support in form of guarantee funds for group loans from government and other programmes.