CEPA to build PV assembly factory in Uganda - report

(SeeNews) - Jan 30, 2014 - Uganda-based renewable energy firm Clean Energy Partnership Africa (CEPA) intends to invest EUR 4 million (EUR 2.9m) in a plant for assembling solar panels, local daily New Vision said yesterday.

The project will be developed in collaboration with German firm JvG Thoma GmbH.

The construction of a local facility is to bring down the price of solar panels and installations, the newspaper cited David Ebong, CEO of Uganda Electricity Transmission Company (UETCL), as saying.

CEPA has already constructed a 1.5-MW solar plant in Apac district and the generated electricity will be used to power an industrial park in the area. A 10-kW biogas plant will also be installed at the site.

Solar power demand in Uganda has been high mainly in rural areas. However, it has been escalating in urban areas, as well, due to continuous power outages.

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