KAMPALA— Uganda received Shs11.8b from Global Enforcement Facility which officials say will go into construction of five renewable energy plants in top towns; Arua, Jinja, Mbale, Mbarara and Masaka.
Assistant commissioner in charge of renewable energy at the Ministry of Energy John Tumuhimbise said the plants are expected to increase access to energy and will operate using human waste to generate 2.9 megawatts.
“We are going to do co-financing for the projects locally where government expects to raise additional Shs52b to kick start construction in the next financial year,” he said.
Apart from supplementing available energy, the plants, Tumuhimbise said, are also expected to reduce greenhouse emissions and create employment both direct and indirect as well as increase energy security.
Francis Pariyo an environmentalist, welcomed the initiative adding that if waste not managed well, it emits greenhouse gasses such as carbon-oxide, which causes global warming and destruction of lives.
“If you convert these greenhouse gases into electricity, you have destroyed dangers of emitting them in the atmosphere,” he said.
Eric Yobo a businessman in Arua District, said yesterday that such projects not only provide power but create jobs for youth.
“Imagine what a parent will feel seeing his son always drunk after paying school fees. We should have more of such projects to employ youth,” he said.
Tumuhimbise said farmers will also benefit from products such as abundant and cheap fertilizer from residual products.
He added that the constructions will be done in three phases and within two years after which they will encourage the private sector to come in and invest in the sector.