Kenyan businessman donates a solar plant to Uganda

A Kenyan businessman, Humphrey Kariuki recently donated a Solar Power Park to Uganda. Photo: Thomas Kohler / Flickr.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – A Kenyan businessman, Humphrey Kariuki recently donated a Solar Power Park to Uganda.

With a capacity to generate 24 megawatts, the solar power park was financed through Kariuki’s United Kingdom registered Great Lakes Africa Energy (GLAE) company at a value of Sh2.5 billion ($25 million).

The Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has already official opened the plant that has already started feeding the country’s power grid.

“The Kabulasoke project, which is already connected to the national grid, will serve a population of more than 5million in rural Uganda, who currently mostly rely on kerosene; among other non-renewable energy sources while affording more than 21,000 tons of carbon savings,” said Michael Kearns GLAE Director.

The company has a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL).

GLAE has a huge regional presence, and was in 2017 awarded a contract to put up a Sh40 billion ($400 million) gas fired plant by the Government of Mozambique.

During the commissioning of the solar power plant in Uganda, the company said it is scouting for opportunities to invest in solar and wind generating plants in other countries in the region including Kenya.

“GLAE is in the process of securing additional Power Purchase Agreements in Africa and beyond and is currently screening opportunities in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo among other countries,” added Kearns.

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