With a renewable energy resource potential of 2000 MW of hydro power, 450 MW of geothermal, 460 million tonnes of biomass standing sustainable annual yield of 50 million tons, and an average of 5-6 kWh/m2 / day of solar energy, wind and geothermal power whose potential has not yet been fully assessed countrywide, Uganda has the ability to meet its sky locating energy demands sustainably while promoting business through a vibrant public-private sector partnership as it is the development trend worldwide today.
It is in the above arrangement that in 2014 the private sector players in the various renewable energy and energy efficiency association signed a memorandum of understanding to come under one umbrella called the Uganda National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Alliance (UNREEEA) with an aim of availing a platform for consolidating the sector leadership.
UNREEEA is a non for profit organization that was incorporated 2014 as result of the private sector players in the various renewable energy and energy efficiency sub-sectors signing a memorandum of understanding to come under one umbrella body. The primary role of the Uganda National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Alliance (UNREEEA) is to avail a platform for consolidating the renewable energy and energy efficiency private sector wing as well as improving its business environment.
The Alliance as an umbrella organization currently brings together a network of five member associations under which the various companies and enterprises are subscribed and they include:
- Biomass Energy Efficient Technologies Association (BEETA)
- Uganda National Biogas Alliance (UNBA)
- Hydropower Association of Uganda (HPAU)
- Uganda Solar Energy Association (USEA)
- Energy Efficiency Association of Uganda (EEAU/Energy Auditors)
- Wind Power Association of Uganda (WPAU)
Organizational Structure of UNREEEA’s Network
To be the lead alliance in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sub sector of Uganda and East Africa, being a partner of choice for government, private sector stakeholders and sister associations in the East African Community.
To consolidate the fragmented sector associations and further, improve the business environment for renewable energy and energy efficiency private sector players as well as contribute to sustainable development in Uganda and East Africa.
The alliance aims to;
- Establish permanent working relationships with government line institutions, civil society organizations and development partners as well as other sector holders in the energy sector.
- Identify and disseminate best practices related to market development for renewable energy and energy efficient technologies through market awareness and capacity building initiatives for member companies, institutions, and individuals.
- Initiate and upgrade a private sector led approach in the development and improvement of renewable energy technologies in Uganda.
- Lobby for consumer protection, adherence to quality and enforcement of standards in as far as the renewable energy sector is concerned.
- Initiate, operate, and manage a fund for development promotion and investment in renewable energy technologies to achieve rural off-grid electrification in greater Uganda.