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Friday, November 29, 2013 

First solar power plant in Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda--Kalangala Infrastructure Services Limited (KIS), the company contracted to develop infrastructure in islands district of Kalangala, is to build the first solar power plant in sub-Sahara Africa.
 The $17 million 1.6MW power plant will use solar thermal hybrid system to generate power which will be transmitted and distributed throughout Bugala Island.
John Opiro the KIS Managing Director said last week, “This is yet another milestone KIS has shown progress in steps towards developing the social economic aspects of the Island. We started the placement of electric poles in late July and works are still ongoing. To date, the contractor has supplied more than 500 creosote treated electricity poles which have been distributed in Bugoma, Luuku, Mutambala, Kasekulo, Mulore, Buswa, to mention but a few locations.”
He said the installation process is free of charge which makes it easier for people to access and bring power nearer to their homes and businesses.
“After living without power for so long, this is a dream come true for the people of Bugala Island. We believe that with accessibility to power, the community will develop faster and will create an opportunity to attract investors,” he said.     
 Transport and works minister, Abraham Byandala, who represented the Vice President Edward Sekandi said, “The partnership that the government and KIS is engaged in is a speedy, efficient and cost effective delivery of projects. It ensures value for money for the tax payer through optimal risk transfer and risk management. KIS has made great progress on Bugala Island ever since implementation started.” The Kalangala projects are a PPP venture.

By John Sambo, Friday, November 29th, 2013