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SustainSolar: has installed Uganda’s first interconnected mini-grid.

  • Sector: Energy
  • Date: June 30, 2021

  • Company: SustainSolar provides containerized, high-quality, durable solutions for renewable power generation and battery storage for rural and remote locations across Africa.

A coalition of energy companies, known as Utilities 2.0, launched an integrated clean energy pilot to test new ways of accelerating energy access, stimulating customer demand and improving grid performance in Uganda. The result was SustainSolar’s 40 kWp interconnected mini-grid installed as the first of its kind in Kiwumu (Uganda).

The pilot is designed to at least halve costs by relying on integrated energy. This combines centralised and decentralised technology including solar home systems, mini-grids, grid and smart grid systems. All are combined into an intelligent and interactive energy network that can deliver customer-centric, clean energy solutions to end energy poverty at the lowest cost, transforming billions of lives faster than isolated approaches.

The deployed system will power 300 households and 60 local businesses with renewable energy. Uganda has now joined a growing global network of integrated initiatives to accelerate access, drive demand and improve overall energy system performance with the Pilot. The socio-economic benefits of integrated utility, and the effectiveness of the proposed business models will be assessed by Makerere University and several local companies. We are honoured to be part of this ground-breaking initiative and look forward to further successes in supporting Uganda’s universal energy access goals, says Tobias Hobbach, CEO at SustainSolar.