Uganda National Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Alliance

Updated E.A Solar Tax Handbook and Portal

On Wednesday 7th July 2022, the East African Renewable Energy Associations with support from GOGLA and BDO launched the Updated East Africa Solar Taxation Handbook and Portal.

With the continuous changes in customs tax laws and regulations including exemptions on importation of specified solar components within the East African Community (EAC), the National Renewable Energy Associations (NREAs) sought it vital to keep up to date the “E.Africa Solar Taxation Handbook” to guide importers of solar products in East Africa.

It was also mandatory to have a living version of the Solar Tax Handbook susceptible to continuous updates in accordance with changes in tax laws within the East African Region. In this regard, the East African Regional Portal on Solar Taxation was created.

The portal is a collaboration between the Uganda Solar Energy Association (USEA), the Kenya Renewable Energy Association (KEREA) and the Uganda National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Alliance (UNREEEA).
In addition to capturing changes in the tax laws within the EAC region, as well as the recent updates in the 2022 HS Codes as published by the World Customs Organization (WCO), the portal will help to;

  1. Identify the most common exempted, non-exempted and zero-rated solar products and energy efficient appliances (core components, products, parts and accessories critical for delivering off-grid solar energy access) and,
  2. Identify the applicable national/regional tariff codes.


The development of the portal was supported by GOGLA with funding from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s Transforming Energy Access (TEA) program.

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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