Uganda National Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Alliance

Unlocking support for local clean energy companies

Unlocking support for local clean energy companies: insights from the solar PV industry in Uganda

In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), electrification through decentralized renewables-based solutions (particularly solar PV) has advanced significantly over the past decade. Going forward, this transition to clean energy has a significant potential in addressing integrated challenges including access to energy, job creation, skills development and local economic development (IRENA, 2019, 2020). Maximizing local benefits from this clean energy transition is important for the host countries in order to achieve SDG 7 goals, to sustain a longer-term commitment to low-carbon development pathways (IRENA, 2018), and not least to recover in a post-COVID reality (SE4ALL 2020). In Uganda, there are over 300 solar companies with a majority being locally owned (UOMA, 2020). Despite a high number of locally owned companies, there is little information available about these companies, their strategies and growth journeys, how they contribute to this sector and not least how they can be better supported. Much of the growth and economic value in the market is being captured by a relatively small number of internationally owned companies operating in SSA countries (Wood Mackenzie, 2020, UNEP-DTU, 2021). According to GOGLA, in 2020 75% of the funds were raised by only 3 companies. International flows of finance, skills and technology are important to ensure growth of the solar industry, but equally important is ensuring that local solar companies have access to equal opportunities for growth and that their plight is understood and needs are addressed to strengthen the local economy.

Authors: Eddie Sembatya, Julius Magala, Lynda Bitete, Mathilde Brix Pedersen, Padmasai Lakshmi Bhamidipati
Status: Published
Published year: 2022
Content type: Report
File: Download
Publisher: UNEP DTU Partnership
Is current: Current
No. of pages: 50

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  • 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


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