Uganda National Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Alliance

National Renewable Energy Platform

Uganda’s energy sector has made significant strides at ensuring sustainable development and transformation of the economy. Renewable Energy is key to unlocking this economic transformation with more than 87% of the electricity generated from resources such as Hydro Power, Solar Power and Biomass. Even with such heavy reliance on renewables, Uganda has not fully exploited this resource.

Achieving such an ambitious goal is thought possible through integrated approaches with significant input from renewable energy resources and technologies such as Photovoltaic, Hydro Power and Biomass applied to tech-agnostic mini-grids to serve the rural and unserved areas, while ensuring grid extension and expansion.
There is therefore a critical need for strengthening and sustaining the effort for coordination of the renewable energy sector planning, implementation, monitoring as well as charting a way through which the sector can be unified towards a common cause.
It is against this backdrop that the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) seeks to get involved, to support coordination amongst sector stakeholders, players and actors through a common platform, the “NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY PLATFORM” that will bring together all R.E Sector actors.

NREP VISION

The National Renewable Energy Platform seeks to be the lead platform for sustainably developing and utilizing renewable energy resources, services and products in Uganda

NREP MISSION

To boost national collective action, harmonization and subsidiarity for sustainable and competitive development of Uganda’s renewable energy sector.

OVERALL GOAL

NREP will bring together stakeholders and strategic partners oriented in renewable energy to generate, share and promote knowledge dissemination, enhance innovations in renewable energy so as to solve common challenges and harness opportunities in the energy landscape

  • Optimize coordination of players/stakeholders and increase access to wider partnership opportunities in the development and delivery of collective actions to address shared challenges in the renewable energy sector
  • Shape and develop a harmonised strategic direction for the renewable energy sector
  • Strengthen private sector and institutional capacities in the renewable energy sector
  • Ensure quality assurance of technology implementation within the renewable energy sector
  • Strengthen national and global partnership to improve access to low-cost finance for RE and EE
  • Improve access to pristine management of information, including funding opportunities for the renewable energy sector in Uganda and regionally
  • Conduct scientific research studies, develop and introduce new technologies
  • NREP will have six(6) key stakeholder groups;

    1. Government through Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs)
    2. Development Partners
    3. Private Sector and Civil Societies
    4. Academia, Research for development and communities of practice
    5. Finance Institutions
    6. Consumer Organisations

TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

  • 5-day seminar
  • In-depth trainings on technical, financial and didactic topics
  • Group work, discussions, as well as computer-based and interactive exercises

Target group:

  • Trainer with previous experiences in access to finance education, banking, clean energy or climate finance
  • Professionals who wish to enhance their financial evaluation and didactical skills in order to become a trainer in the field of green energy/climate finance

After the TtT-Seminar, participating trainers are:

  • Provided with a starter kit of slides, exercises and additional tools for trainers
  • Equipped with hard facts and soft skills to develop their individual training
  • Capacitated to undertake courses autonomously

12-WEEK ONLINE TRAINING

Topics addressed include:

  • Political and legal frameworks of the energy market in Uganda
  • Characteristics of decentralised RE markets in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Technologies for small- and medium-scale renewable energy applications
  • Business models for decentralised RE technologies
  • Business plan development
  • SME Finance and loan assessment cycle
  • Project Finance / RE and EE project evaluation
  • International climate finance options
  • Accessing the Green Climate Fund

Implemented through:

  • RE and EE case studies from Uganda, Senegal and other SSA-markets
  • Live expert-led webinars to discuss specific questions