On 2nd April 2022, Germany’s international cooperation arm and Sendea, a programme of the Stiftung Solarenergie (Germany) a network of like-minded local solar companies, called for wider access, affordability and integrity to ensure sustainable growth of the renewable energy sub sector. This was addressed in a meeting of key actors within Uganda’s renewable energy sector, in Kampala, convened by the solar service providers under Sendea Uganda.
“Development partners in the renewable energy sector actors need to be mindful of opportunities in the off grid sector energy sector including focusing on PV Solar, keeping up to speed with data management, new technologies which are essential for work force in Uganda, and dealing with the challenges ahead”, GIZ’s Lisa Hofheinz commented. She also added that capacity building in the renewable energy sector is very important as it contributes significantly to Uganda’s sustainable development.
Inorder to maintain occupational standards, SENDEA together with Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) train and certify students in installations and maintenance of solar systems and related technologies. Through these training programs, several beneficiaries have been able acquire skills in solar installations and maintenance, an opportunity to build their careers and earn a living. Gonna Waiswa, a trainee from Sendea Academy said he can now install a solar system, a security solar light, a street light with motion and light sensors on hospitals and many more facilities.
At the meeting over 50 youth from different parts of the country, who have completed their training as freelance solar installation technicians were provided with start up tool-kits.
“We have these tool-kit boxes, which are the instruments that one will require to do the solar Pv installation work at any of the sites or locations.” said Loy Kyozaire, the CEO, Sendea Uganda. She urged the government under the skills development fund to support technical areas where there is growing demand such as PV solar installation by providing support tools.
According to Dr. Harald Schutzeichel, the German based Solar Foundation, Stidtung Solarenergie GbmH, we need local investment in Africa as a whole. “There are many entrepreneurs in Uganda and local companies are encouraged to invest in Solar as this enables easier financing and retention of finances within the country,” he said.
Alex Lwakuba, the Commissioner for Crop Production in the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, reported that the requirement for solar irrigation is growing beyond 8% underscoring the need for affordability.
“In order to increase agricultural productivity in Uganda, we need food security, we recognise the high cost of fossil fuels. Now Sendea promoting renewable energy, which is cheap, easily accessible, it is clean energy. It contributes to sustainable agricultural production and sustainable food systems across the world. We use solar pumps now which are increasingly important in harvesting, processing, sun drying. It is very important for us in the agricultural sector,” Lwakuba said.