Access to electricity inUganda is limited for most of the population. The Ugandan census of 2002 reported that 7.7% of households used electricity for lighting (37% of urban households and 2.6% of rural households) this was up from 5.6% in 1991. In contrast, 74.8% of households (33.3% of urban and 88.2% of rural) were using “tadooba”, a form of paraffin candle, for lighting

Fuel-based lighting is a costly and inefficient lighting option, and often consuming between 10 to15 per cent of annual income, forcing the poorest families to divert essential funds away from other critical needs such as children’s education, family health care and nutrition.
Fuel-based lighting also induces significant environmental and social costs, contributing to increases in greenhouse gas emissions and indoor air pollution, impairing human health, jeopardizing safety, and limiting overall productivity.

Uganda’s energy sector is dominated by three sources – biomass, oil and electricity representing about 93%, 6% and 1% of the national energy balance respectively ( Ministry of Energy and Development, 2005).

Biomass particularly wood fuel remains the main source of energy inUganda. It accounts for respectively 85% and 3% of rural and urban energy sources. At industrial and commercial levels, biomass accounts for 6% and 4% respectively. The over reliance on biomass energy has contributed to rapid depletion of trees and hence environmenta
l degradation.

The project is aimed at strengthening the capacity of JEEP for its works to support in particular low income citizens in Uganda by providing training and awareness within JEEP’s activity areas including environmental protection, energy efficiency, solar energy, sustainable agriculture and health, thus aiming at contributing to poverty reduction and sustainable development in member/target communities.

The project’s immediate objectives are:

  • To strengthen the organizational capacity of JEEP
  • Improve capacities of JEEP staff and trainees in  administrating the organization, carry out its core activities including advocacy works and creating incomes
  • To support JEEP in taking part in national and international networks within its core objectives
  • To enhance the organizational and operational capacities of JEEP and to deliver services to members/target communities by incorporation and training of trainees through an “on the job” learning process while at the same time providing training and awareness services to members/target communities within core subjects of JEEP

JEEP provides solar consultancy services to clients in Luwero, Arua, Tororo

Solar Project –  Nyakol & GwaragwaraVillage

Local people selling their produce at night with the aid of a central light. They do not have to use kerosene lamps any more and work for longer hours

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