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Uganda should Scale up Energy Efficiency to Secure Sustainable Energy for ALL and to Increase Local Climate Action

Sep 25, 2019   //   by admin   //   JEEP News  //  Comments Off on Uganda should Scale up Energy Efficiency to Secure Sustainable Energy for ALL and to Increase Local Climate Action

Rural Uganda households are facing increasing energy costs or spend more time collecting firewood. Similarly, for the urban residents, a bag of charcoal (quality not withstanding) has skyrocketed to as high as Ugshs 100,000. But how far is this charcoal being efficiently produced, and even used by households today?

Energy efficiency simply means using less energy to perform the same task – that is, eliminating energy waste. Energy efficiency brings a variety of benefits: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing demand for energy imports, and lowering our costs on a household and economy-wide level (Environmental and Energy Study Institute, 2019). While renewable energy technologies also help accomplish these objectives, improving energy efficiency is the cheapest – and often the most immediate – way to reduce the use of fossil fuels (Environment and Energy Study Institute, 2019). There are enormous opportunities for efficiency improvements and local level climate action in every sector of the economy, whether it is buildings, transportation, industry, or energy generation.

Uganda has abundant biomass, including large quantities of non-woody biomass, as well as peat and water resources. Water and biomass make the biggest contributions to the energy demands of Uganda’s population. The inconsistent use of the available resources has, however, left the country with an inadequate supply of energy. This situation is aggravated by often inefficient use of energy. As a result, the country has one of the lowest rates of consumption of modern (clean) energy in the world (GIZ, 2017). Uganda is also a signatory to the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative which the United Nations Secretary General launched the SE4ALL Initiative in September 2010 to achieve three inter-related goals by 2030 including doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

Wood fuels are heavily used for cooking in rural areas while charcoal mostly provides for the cooking needs of the urban population. The high demand for wood fuels used inefficiently results in overuse and depletion of forests. With time, the land available is becoming scarce and households prefer to use the land for food crops rather than planting trees, thus postponing the energy challenge. Production of
charcoal is carried out under primitive conditions with an extremely low efficiency at 10 to 12% on weight-out to weigh-in basis. To produce 1 kilogramme of charcoal, 9 kilogrammes of wood are needed, which translates into 22% efficiency on an energy output to energy input basis (Energypedia, 2019). At the same time, biomass use by households is very inefficient as the three-stone fire is still widely spread.

Therefore, implementing energy efficiency in parallel with expanding both the electricity grid and new clean energy generation reduces electricity demand and helps optimize the power supply so that it can serve more Ugandan customers reliably at minimum cost.

Energy Efficiency Issues in Uganda
According to the Energy Efficiency Roadmap for Uganda (2017), investment in Uganda’s energy sector has focused mainly on increasing energy access by increasing supply. The links between energy efficiency and energy access, and the multiple benefits of energy efficiency for the level and quality of energy available, have been largely overlooked by many stakeholders in Uganda, including the international donor community. Energy efficiency and energy access are sometimes viewed as competing priorities for funding rather than elements that can work together to achieve the goal of providing improved access to energy services. Moreover, energy efficiency is often perceived as a short-term solution to power outages and load shedding without taking into account that it is also a source of energy for future electricity planning.

The Road map points out the main barriers to energy efficiency investment in Uganda as being due to lack of access to affordable capital and financing, lack of confidence about energy efficiency investments, lack of enabling policies, a lack of enforcement of regulations, and lack of technical expertise. Uganda also drafted an Energy Efficiency Strategy (2010-2020) that categorized five main areas of intervention into ‘Pillars’ of Energy Efficiency that include: Awareness & Information; Training & Education; Research and Development; Financing and incentives; Legislation & Framework (MEMD, 2015). Unfortunately the energy efficiency law has not been enacted.

On the occasion of the 2019 Uganda National Energy and Minerals Week (aimed at sensitizing Ugandans on the efficient utilization of energy) and this week’s UN Climate Action Summit 2019, Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD), Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP) and INFORSE East Africa, would like to raise issues of energy efficiency to be taken up as part of sustainable energy development and climate action in Uganda.

Our Call to Uganda Government and Global Climate Change and Energy development Partners
1) Uganda Parliament should fast track the enactment of the Energy efficiency and Conservation bill into law, in order for the Energy Efficiency Strategy (2010-2020) to take effect in support of the much needed country-wide climate action and sustainable energy promotion.
2) Institutional support for urban and rural local authorities to heighten political attention and coordination amongst the key sectors in order to gradually scale up efforts on improving energy efficiency and access in rural areas
3) There is a need to scale up investment in Research, development and dissemination of efficient and modern biomass technologies in a more coherent way as current efforts are heavily relying on the private sector / individuals
4) Public information and education should be scaled up as a matter of urgency beyond the annual energy week events. For example, campaigns on use of energy saving devices like incandescent light bulbs that convert less than 5% of energy to visible light; water and energy saving tips including timely fixation of water leaks and breakages; power down; regular maintenance of electric equipment and tools; re-use of water and other resources that take energy to provide.
5) There is need for more support to Uganda National Bureau of Standards to execute its mandate in enforcing standards and quality control of electric equipment and energy saving devices on the market as some of it is obsolete technology or energy inefficient
6) Buildings and infrastructure need to incorporate renewable energy technologies, leading to the creation of zero-energy buildings through decreased consumption; appliance efficiency and promotion of new building materials

Solar Light in 5 Schools in Amuria

Jul 17, 2012   //   by admin   //   JEEP News  //  Comments Off on Solar Light in 5 Schools in Amuria

JEEP has finalized installation of solar systems in 5 selected schools in Amuria districts. Pre visits to all the 5 schools was made physically or through correspondence prior to the installation. Security, maintenance, proper use and need among others were the prime issues considered during the selection of the school.

The system installed will cater for light in 2 class rooms and 1 office ( in some of the installations) and 1 security light as below shown. This Variation came as a result of the class room sizes. In cases where the class rooms were small, light was installed in 2 class rooms and 1 office and in instances where class rooms were relatively big, light was installed in only 2 class room and 1 security light.

 

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World Environment Day 2012

Jun 11, 2012   //   by admin   //   JEEP News  //  Comments Off on World Environment Day 2012

Curious about environment like all the time, JEEP was celebrating  the World Environment Day (WED) on Tuesday, 5th June 2012 in the areas of Masaka and Kasese where they exhibited and showed our skills and activities. Theme of this years WED was the Green Economy.

JEEP participated in  events in both areas  and exhibited a number of energy saving technologies including the TLUD stove, Sarai cooker, hay basket cookers, charcoal stoves and built up shielded rocket stoves on that day. Other things displayed were alternative energy fuels and techniques to contain energy including solar, briquettes, tree seedlings and the “Liter of Light

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SEED – Small Solutions Energy Enterprise Development

Apr 5, 2012   //   by admin   //   2010 to 2014  //  2 Comments

Potential entrepreneurs checking out the Sun King solar lamp

Access to electricity in Uganda 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.

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Community Capacity Building / Solar and Tree Planting

Apr 5, 2012   //   by admin   //   2010 to 2014  //  2 Comments

Training Tree Planting

Introduction

Forests and woodlands are estimated to have covered about 10,800,000 ha (45%) of Uganda’s surface area in around 1890. Since then the size of the forest estate has drastically shrunk. Over the years the forests have been gradually cleared and today estimates indicate reduction to about 730,000 ha which is only (3%) of Uganda’s area

Access to electricity in Uganda 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

JEEP in partnership with the Nordic folkecenter for Renewable energy in Denmarkfunded by Danish NGO Project Fund entered into a 3 year contract to implement the solar tree planting Project in 7 districts of Uganda. The districts include Kalangala, Mukono, Arua, Tororo, Amuria, Lira and Luwero.

The project’s immediate objectives include

  • By project completion Ugandan farmers living in 14 Ugandan villages throughout 7 districts will have knowledge in tree planting and will start new local nurseries and wood lots
  • By project completion, Ugandan farmers living in villages through out the 7 districts will have knowledge about solar energy, including on how solar can improve on their livelihoods, how it is purchased, installed and maintained
  • By project completion, Ugandan farmers living in villages through out the 7 districts  will have knowledge about money management  and learn about opportunities to micro finance or fund raise, and  how that can be achieved through tree planting.

Solar Training

Updates

News by June 2013

Follow Up in Kalangala District : Tree Planting & Solar project

During the first week of June 2013 JEEP staff conducted follow up in Kalangala district on solar systems in two primary schools. The general feedback was very positive: Solar systems  are working well and maintained.

Besides that, follow up was also done on wood lot planters, Some wood lots are looking health and the trees have grown so first only that they need to be weeded.

On 22nd/05/2013 a team of JEEP staff conducted a follow up activity on Tree planting and solar project in Wabutungulu Luwero district.

Both the solar systems in schools are fine and they were advised to always keep some money aside every term to cover some costs like bulb replacements if one is faulty.

Some of trees planted are looking good while other are left in bushes. Two woodlot planters were advised to do weeding in their woodlots; others were encouraged to avoid grazing animals in wood lots because they will destroy trees.

News by May 2013

Follow Up in Luwero District : Tree Planting & Solar project

On 22nd/05/2013 a team of JEEP staff conducted a follow up activity on Tree planting and solar project in Wabutungulu Luwero district.

Both the solar systems in schools are fine and they were advised to always keep some money aside every term to cover some costs like bulb replacements if one is faulty.

Some of trees planted are looking good while other are left in bushes. Two woodlot planters were advised to do weeding in their woodlots; others were encouraged to avoid grazing animals in woodlots because they will destroy trees.

Land wrangles have hindered most of the people in Wabutungulu from planting woodlots since most of them are Tenants occupying a private land. Land lords are taking part of land occupied by tenants thus living Tenants with very small piece of land which seems not enough for tree planting. They were advised to plant trees on boundaries.

Some people had planted trees but they were being attacked by pests like termites which have demoralized woodlot planters, however they were advised to apply termite resistant pesticides.

 

News by April 2013

Follow Up in Tororo and Amuria : Tree Planting & Solar project

From April 22nd until April 25th JEEP staff went on a field trip for the Tree & Solar Project funded by the Danish Folkecenter for Renewable Energy. Me and my fellow-volunteer Miriam went along on that trip to Tororo and Amuria District.

The objective of the trip was following up on several solar installations in schools, health center and checking on many different tree nurseries run by local residents.
Also, we were able to take a look at the region around Tororo and Soroti, connecting with the local people managing tree nurseries, who were very nice and open minded.
As for the schools, we were able to take a look at the solar installations at schools which are fine.

Solar Refrigerator: This solar Refrigerator is at Amusus health centre iii in Amuria district. It has been in use since 2011 when JEEP installed it with five lighting bulbs under Tree planting and Solar Project.Community members have benefited a lot from this solar Refrigerator.

News by March 2013

Local electricians training – 20th March 2013

JEEP has finalized the training of new solar local electricians from 3 districts. These districts include Arua, Amuria and Kasese. The participants were introduced to solar energy as well as management and maintenance of these systems. Emphasis was placed on the role of the local electricians to manage and maintain the solar systems at their respective schools

The workshop was opened by Ruth N Kiwanuka the CEO who emphasized the role of local electricians in ensuring the sustainability of the solar systems.

The training course was conducted by the JEEP engineer and information officer. The topics covered included introduction to solar energy, management and maintenance of solar systems, trouble shooting, Dos and Don’ts and the roles of local electricians. Practical demonstrations were used to enable participants better understand topics that were discussed. Hand outs were given to participants to enable them read further about solar energy

Participants were given tool boxes to enable then carry out the assigned tasks

 

Refresher Course for District Contact persons

JEEP conducted a refresher training of Contact persons on 13th/03/2013. They received training on financial management, record keeping, profit & loss, income &expenditure, savings, costing & pricing, selling on credit and how to make business successful in the Tree & Solar planting project and other projects of JEEP.

They were encouraged to perform to their best in regards to their roles as contact person which are;

  • Educating the people about JEEP activities,
  •  The importance why everybody should implement.
  •  Monitoring of JEEP project progress and the need to communicate to JEEP.
  • Be innovative to improve on what you have already.
  • Keep records and help where necessary.
  • Always be informed so as to share all with JEEP.
  • Use all avenues to educate people in your area about JEEP activities and be an example to them.

 

At the end of this training, Contact persons requested for permission from JEEP to go for  talk shows at their  Local radios since most of the areas now have local radios. Some  participants have been invited already to talk about JEEP activities.

This permission was granted and they were equipped with all the necessary  information to be passed on to the listeners.

 

News by March 2013

Tree nursery attendants from seven districts under Tree Solar project received training at JEEP folkecenter from 06th to 07th /03/2013. JEEP trained them about different  topics which included; Site selection of a nursery, Timing, Diseases and pest control, Labelling, Knowing the species, Preferred species, Grafting, Budding, Pruning, Objectives of seed procurement, Seed collection selection.

 

Training Manager sharing training objectives with participants

Practicals sessions were also given attention to strengthen these topics to participants.

Practicles on grafting during training

Practicals on grafting

Aparticipant from Kole Grafting mango tree                                                             A participant  budding an orange tree

Participants shared their experiences about nursery management with their fellow participants. Those who had successful stories encouraged others who had some challenges with nurseries to perform to their best.

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A participant from Tororo sharing experience

A total of 15 nursery attendants from Luwero, Mukono, Kalangala, Tororo, Amuria, Lila and Arua.

 Participants being demostrated how to trap pests

Participants being demonstrated how to trap pests

At the end of the training, participants received seeds of different species which included; Seeds of Teak, Eucalyptus, Pine, Grevellia, Albezia and Giant Lira.

News by February 2013

14 Tree nursery beds are still on board. Many trees have been planted in Amuria, Tororo, Arua, Lira, Mukono, Luwero and Kalangala, and some are growing big already.

In Tororo alone 2498 seedlings were given out to 94 different people in 2012, and a few wood lots of app. 600 trees are planted elsewhere.

On top of the 12 schools and 1 health clinic supplied with very basic solar systems another 15 schools were given by Merkur Bank in Denmark. Many small lamps distributed by Energy North helped the target areas to be exposed to solar.

At the clinic in Amusus in Amuria 54 young children are immunized every week.

Schools getting solar in 2011 have started seeing results. During pre visits in 2011 the number of students in 12 schools was 3.290 and the figure is by the end of 2012 3.804. Parents want schools with light for home work. Some of these rural schools are now proud of their 1st and 2nd grades and no failures. Something they have never experienced in the past.

2013 will be a year of introduction to micro finance, follow-up and final reports.

 

News by August 2012

The Nordic Folkecenter for renewable energy working in partnership with Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP) has continued to support the implementation of the solar and tree planting project in the selected 7 districts of Uganda.

During this period, JEEP conducted a follow up on the tree nursery leaders and solar systems to continue encouraging nursery leaders by giving them on spot advice and further training and remind them of the project objectives to be attained and to follow up on the solar systems to assess how the systems are benefiting the schools, fix technical problems if any and advice on the management and use of the systems.

The exercise involved observations, interviews and discussions with farmers as a tool for relevant data collection and on spot correction of mistakes.

During this exercise, it was observed that tree nursery attendants had continued giving out tree seedlings to farmers. Some challenges were observed and farmers were advised accordingly. The most notable challenges were the long drought spells which affected the availability of water for the seedlings, some seedlings failing to germinate and lack of enough seedlings for all.

It was also observed that farmers had resorted to growing seedlings during the wet season because of the availability of water. However, farmers were advised to grow seedlings during the dry season so that they are ready to plant out when the rains come. Farmers were also advised to intensify watering of the gardens during the dry season to increase the germination rate of seedlings and also reduce the death rate of plants.

It was also observed that farmers had planted out the trees got from the nurseries. Below is a case from the follow up results from Mr. Agopa, a tree nursery leader from Tororo

Type of Seedling No. raised
Musizi 515
Grevelia 920
Eucalyptus 1,325

From the follow results of Mr. Agopa, it was observed that from his follow ups, of all the seedlings he distributed to beneficiaries, 2,308 seedlings survived while 452 died in the garden. 2 farmers have so far planted woodlots of 500 trees each and he had 340 seedlings still in the nursery

During the follow up, all the Thirteen (13) solar installations were visited. It was observed that most of the systems were working. However, most systems had experienced a problem with bulbs. These broke more often than expected. The problem was however resolved with the supplier and all broken bulbs have since then been replaced. It was also observed that the some of the bulbs and 1 switch at Alito SS had been broken by the students. After the follow up, the school management repaired the system and the system is working well.

 

Lighting Africa powered by “Energi Nord”

Apr 5, 2012   //   by admin   //   2010 to 2014, 2015 to 2017, Present, Projects  //  1 Comment

 

7890_EN_Produktlogo_LysiAfrika_5x5cmAccess 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.

It is for these reasons that Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP) partnered with Energy North a utility company fromDenmarkto implement Lighting Africa project. The project aims at improving livelihood of people especially those living in off grid areas through provision of clean light from solar energy thus substituting the dangerous kerosene lamps. The project aims at providing solar lanterns at a subsidized rate and giving out free lamps to the visibly poor. The project also aims at creating awareness about solar energy to communities. Beneficiaries are equipped with basic knowledge about the usability and maintenance of solar energy more emphasis is placed on the lamps distributed. Questions regarding solar energy are address during the sessions

 

 

Update

News by June 2015

JEEP was in Luwero (Jada, Bulami, Nakigoza) and Kasese district (Lake Katwe and Kyondo sub counties) with Lighting Africa Project selling and distributing of the little sun solar lamps. With the awareness creation directly with the communities, The demand for the solar lamps is JEEP operation areas is testimonial of an informed community ready to change for the future. With the June visit in both areas, 845 lamps were sold, 85 replaced and 1,223 community members sensitized.

The use of kerosene has highly reduced in all areas JEEP has visited with the Lighting Africa Project funded by the North Danish Energy Company EnergiNord. The lamps sold at a subsided rate of 15,000 Uganda shillings than the 35,000 shillings has not only helped to break the heart of darkness in off the grid rural household but has up lifted their house savings in term of incomes based on the GIZ estimated figures of replacing one kerosene lamp with a solar lamp saves a family about 9,900 Uganda shillings (3.06 US dollars) per month or 118,200 Uganda Shilling (36.72 US dollars) per year.

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News by April 2015

Amuria district

On 5th/ 05/2015 some JEEP Staff travelled to Wera sub county in Amuria district to sell solar lamps.

JEEP talked about Lighting Africa project in details i.e who are the funders, why little sun was choose to be sold in Uganda, components of the lamp, how to manage the lamps,  saving culture  is also coming up as people start buying solar lamps which are more expensive than Kerosene Lamps

A total of 656 lamps were sold to the community members.

Lamp repairs and buttery replacement

70 lamps mainly the sun king lamps used since 2011 were repaired and we replaced 30 butteries

Lighting Africa project has created demand for bigger solar lamps. This was note during the field visits in place where Lighting Africa project was first implemented .This has also increased number of entrepreneurs.

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News by March 2015

Tororo district

As JEEP try its level best to Kick Kerosene out of homes under the Lighting Africa project supported by Energi Nord – Denmank, JEEP sold 783 lamps to communities members in Mukuju and Kisoko subcounties in Tororo district.

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Iganga district

Through the lighting Africa project JEEP and energinord in Denmark, an health center in Uganda has acquired solar lighting and solar refrigerator for keeping drugs safe
BUKWAYA HEALTH CENTER 2 is located 11 kilometers from Iganga Town and the health has no access to hydro electricity. The health center has small Gas refrigerator which they use for keeping drugs. The health centers receive 1500 patients in the month.

They receive 60 to 80 patients at the Antenatal wing, 30 for maternity wing and Outpatient wing about 1000 and above every month.

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BUKWAYA HEALTH CENTER was using a gas fridge which was not enough for storing the drugs

 

 

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BUKWAYA HEALTH CENTER RECIEVED recieved a solar fridge from  energinord throught JEEP were they will keep drugs.

 

 

Masindi district

Curriculum review workshop for diploma in biomass energy technology at Nyabyeya Forestry College in Masindi

On Friday, 27.03.2015, at the Nyabyeya Forestry College in Masindi, JEEP participated in the curriculum review workshop for the Diploma “Biomass Energy Technology”. Experts in biomass and renewable energy technologies came together with the principle, teachers, students and coordinators of Nyabyeya Forestry College. During eight ours the newly drafted curriculum for Biomass Energy technologies was reviewed, adjusted and improved. The review was done in small groups to allow brainstorming, exchange of opinions and finding innovative ideas. The curriculum was verified regarding job opportunities, competences and the content and structure of the different modules.

The results of the different groups were presented in front of all participants. The principle was very thankful for the upcoming ideas and announced that the Curriculum Committee will take into consideration the possible changes. Biomass energy like charcoal, briquettes and biogas will in future play a big role in the energy supply in Uganda.

 

 

 

 

News by February 2015

In the wake of Kicking Kerosene out of homes under the Lighting Africa project supported by Energi Nord – Denmank, JEEP sold lamps to communities in Four districts of Arua, Mpigi, Kasese and Kamuli

In Kamuli, 360 lamps were sold in  Mbulamuti and Nawanyago Sub Counties. The turn up and response of the communities was high in joining the campaign of stoping to use kerosene lit lights in their homes citing healthy impacts.

On 10th Feb 2015 Selling of lamps for lighting africa was done in 2 sub counties that is lake Katwe and Kitswamba; while in Arua 432 lamps were sold in Katrini and Ajia sub counties.

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News by October 2013

Solar testimony

Ruth met Nyanzi FX Church Lay leader in Butambala – Mpigi district who declared that he removed “tadoobas” – kerosene lamps completely from his house. He testified that kerosene lamps never gave him the freedom to sleep since he had children in the house and he had developed fears of the house burning down with them inside snoring away.  Therefore, kerosene kept him awake most of the times in preparation for any eventualities that would occur in the wee hours of the night. He was glad about JEEP taking solar lamps to their communities because solar is harmless and user friendly.

 News by September 2013

Solar Lamp Distribution – Luwero, Pallisa and Mpigi Districts

Through Lighting Africa project, grassroots communities are having opportunities to learn about solar energy and the initiative is improving the livelihoods of the people living in off grid areas who predominantly depend on Kerosene – a toxic health hazard. The Little Sun, the new solar lamp was promoted in Luwero particularly in Bulami, Bubuubi and Konko where 432 lamps were sold all in Wabutungulu sub – county whereas in Pallisa district in Kachacha and Kameke community residents also experienced the joy of owning solar lamps and having their houses well lit – freeing them from darkness. JEEP team also emphasized the participation of women during awareness creation initiatives since they are the group affected mostly by indoor air pollutants.

 

 

News by August 2013

Solar Lamps Distribution – Kasoso in Mpigi District 

A journey of a thousand miles which began with a step taken by JEEP in addressing climate change mitigation through tree planting awareness creation and promoting the use of solar lamps in Mpigi district at Kasoso village, 73 Km away from Kampala has profoundly transformed the standard of living for the grassroots community.

On the 27th August 2013, JEEP returned to Mpigi community with solar lamps for residents to buy since most of the rural communities are still using unhealthy kerosene, locally referred to as ‘tandobas’ for lighting in their houses.

With our field tour to Mpigi, the mammoth gathering for solar lamps in Kasoso left me gaping since I had taken it for granted that the district is near the grid. In attendance, 750 people gathered at the residence of the Local Council 1 representative. In total 600 solar lamps were bought by residents and they still wanted to buy more. I was astonished with the high demand for solar lamps in Mpigi district especially by breastfeeding women who were concerned about the health of their young children and needed lamps for genuine reasons whereas other women expressed concern for their school – going children and how ‘tandobas’ had burnt their houses in the past.

Therefore, JEEP brought solar lamp jubilation in Mpigi to which residents could not help but repeat slogans like ‘long live JEEP, long live light in Africa!’ We promised residents to return to their communities in future with sufficient solar lamps since some of them missed out. Although JEEP is appreciative about the project, we are concerned at the same time about the escalating demand for solar lamps in different communities visited.

Great thanks to EnergiNord – Denmark for their unwavering effort to make this project a success!

 

News by July 2013

Follow up on Lighting Africa Project in Arua and Tororo Districts

On 19th and 30th of July 2013 JEEP staff conducted follow up activity in Arua and Tororo district respectively on Lighting Africa project. JEEP staff repaired some lamp, replaced batteries, replaced cables and sold solar panels to those end users whose panels had got broken at a subsidized price.

Community members are so happy about Light Africa Project that has greatly up lifted their livelihood, they still request for more solar lamps.

News By April 2013

Lighting Africa Project

0n 24th/04/2013 JEEP team also conducted awareness on little sun  a solar lantern and distributed  over 100 lamps which was a small number compared to people’s demand. In Were sub county- Amuria District North Eastern Uganda. “Now that we have seen and used solar lamps, do not come with few lamps. Whom do you think wants to continue with the kerosene lamp (tadooba)” One youth guy asked JEEP.

Ruth announced that women should be favoured because they need the lamp more, they have children and babies. She requested men to move out of the que, some resisted for some time, but later stepped aside.

“One student from Abalirera secondary school, said “ Madam, some of us cannot go to school late in the evening because we stay very very far, we have to read from home, but the kerosene lamp has very poor light, even my tears comes when reading.”

News By March 2013

Lighting Africa in Kasese District
As part of the clean energy initiative, Lighting Africa project has been expanded to include Kasese district. Kasese was chosen to be a model district and by the year 2016 to be powered by renewable energy. It was on this background that JEEP rolled out to Kasese to enable low income earners to access clean energy.
This year, a new solar lamp, the Little Sun was promoted in Kasese District.  298 lamps were sold in the sub counties of Maliba and Kyondo. Three lamps were given out for free to the very old and poor.

We saw the excitement in the eyes of the beneficiaries who seemed to have not had any hope of owning a solar lamp. People loved portability of the little sun and that one can easily carry it on the back when working, which grants security for the lamp.

During this reporting period (July 2010 to February 2011), a total of four thousand eight hundred eighty five (4,885) lamps were distributed in different districts ofUganda. These districts include Mukono, Luwero, Arua, Mpigi, Tororo and Amuria. Of the 4,885 lamps 521 were given out free to the visibly poor people and schools 4364 were sold at a subsidized price to low income communities.

Up to today JEEP distributed over 14,000 solar lamps in rural Uganda! And we will keep on with the good work.

 

News By February 2014

School Solar Installation – Ombatini S.S.S

On 4th/02/2014, JEEP installed  a solar systems for lighting and phone charging at Ombatini Primary School located in Katrini sub county Arua district (Northern Uganda Region). The installation was funded by Energinord in Denmark. This school has a population of 1,077 pupils (580 boys and 497 girls).The system provides 12 lights; 8 lights in two class rooms, 2 lights in two offices, 2 security lights and phone charging provision of 20 phones.

JEEP technical team gave basic awareness about the solar system to teachers and one teacher was selected to take full responsibility of the system. The school administration was very great full and pledged to maintain the system.

Ombatini Senior Secondary School in Arua distict – northern Uganda, with newly installed solar system. Appreciation to Energi Nord (DK)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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The Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy is a non-profit, independent, organization that provides research, development of technology, training and information for the manufacture, industrial innovation and implementation of renewable energy technologies and energy savings in Denmark and throughout the world. Folkecenter intends to achieve measurable increases in the utilization of renewable energy technologies and thereby significant reductions in environmental pollution associated with energy use in Denmark and elsewhere. - Visit Website

JEEP partnered with Energy Nord - a utility company from Denmark - to implement the Lighting Africa project. The project aims at improving livelihood of people especially those living in off grid areas through provision of clean light from solar energy thus substituting the dangerous kerosene lamps. The project aims at providing solar lanterns at a subsidized rate and creating awareness about solar energy. Beneficiaries are equipped with basic knowledge about the usability and maintenance of solar lamps. - Visit Projectpage