With a primary goal of significantly improving the framework conditions for SMEs in the sector of renewable energies (RE) in East Africa (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda), the three year East African Renewable Energy Partnership project under the stewardship of bfz brings together five sister private sector umbrella associations from all the member countries as follows:
- Uganda National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Alliance
- Kenya Renewable Energy Association
- Tanzanian Renewable Energy Association
- Burundi Renewable Energy Association
- Energy Private Developers (Rwanda)
The programme supports the development of markets for renewable energy in Africa. This is delivered through four action areas of Policy Advisory, Private Sector Cooperation, Access to Finance, and Innovation and Skills Development.
In Uganda, Africa-EU RECP is offering support in institutional capacity building for the UNREEEA and its members associations as a way of strengthening the renewable energy sector.
The support focusses on:
- Business and leadership capacity building in the network through trainings.
- Increasing availability of sector and market information for consumption by decision makers, potential investors and other interested consumers.
- Enhancing the working capacity of secretariat for increased efficiency and effectiveness in execution of all its operations under the alliance.
- Policy and advocacy for the Mini grids sub-sector (solar PV, biomass, hydro power).
The programme is implemented by GIZ under the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development with a goal of promoting sustainable use of energy for social economic empowerment, increased access to renewable energy, and efficient utilisation of the existing energy resources. With UNREEEA as one of the partners under the area of market structures, PREEEP operates as follows:
- Increasing access to renewable energy while enhancing energy efficiency. This entails capacity building for policy improvement, budget planning, and improvement of market structures through the UNREEEA network and the mainstreaming of energy at district level. The programme is also involved in crosscutting issues, such as mainstreaming the topics of gender and HIV/AIDS in its energy activities.
- Promoting the use of mini-grids for rural electrification to encourage development in rural areas of Uganda. The ‘Pro Mini-Grids’ project supports the Government of Uganda in planning electricity services and monitoring their profitability, while also raising the capacity of the private sector to respond to demand. To this end, it is supporting the Rural Electrification Agency in developing an off-grid/mini-grid electrification strategy. It is also supporting the selection process for mini-grid operators in about 25 villages in Lamwo District, northern Uganda, by developing a transparent tender mechanism. A training programme for mini-grid operation has also been introduced.
- Working with EnDev, the programme is increasing access to innovative energy technologies in rural areas. This involves the provision of improved cooking stoves to as many as 550,000 people, and electricity connections to power lighting and domestic appliances for nearly 160,000 people. Modern energy services have also been established for 1,100 social institutions and 1,600 small and medium-sized enterprises.
- Implementing a climate change project, promoting the growth of carbon markets in Uganda and the East African region. It cooperates with national institutions to develop innovative and effective mitigation strategies, provides advice and training on current carbon market approaches to policy makers, and works with private sector organizations, supporting their efforts to identify and develop green projects.