Uganda National Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Alliance

Workshop: Enhancing young professionals for Uganda’s Clean Energy Sector

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) through the National Renewable Energy Platform (NREP) in conjunction with UNREEEA and Makerere University Business School (MUBS) with support from AMEA POWER organized a workshop bringing together experts from Energy, Legal, Development, Business and Finance sectors to explore ways in which students and early career professionals can acquire vital skills to exploit opportunities within the clean energy space.

It was encouraging to note that MUBS is working on including renewable energy short courses within its curriculum for example Energy Costing, Energy Storage and others. With these short courses running for a maximum of about six (6) months, only Certificates of Attendance will be issued upon completion.

Students need to be highly verstile and show interest in renewable energy by surrounding themselves with active players within the clean energy sector like UNREEEA, USEA among others as these provide opportunities to tap into, said Eng. Ssonko Ismail, ABB Ltd.

Eng. Simon Ssekitoleko, Asst. Commissioner of Renewable Energy pointed out that government recognises the significant role played by renewable energy in achieving its target of 3500MW by 2023 and therefore encourages renewable energy-related dialogues to further advance the production and uptake of RE in Uganda.


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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