Uganda Begins Commissioning Process for 24 MW Solar Plant

  • Great Lakes Africa Energy (GLAE) has announced the commissioning process of the 24MW Kabulasoke Solar Power Park in Uganda
  • GLAE is the lead partner in a development consortium comprising of Uganda’s Xsabo Power Limited, a consortium of partners and the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited as the off taker.
  • The partners have a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement in place with Uganda Transmission Company Limited.

A UK based energy solutions provider, Great Lakes Africa Energy (GLAE) has announced the commissioning process of the 24MW Kabulasoke Solar Power Park in Uganda. The project development team worked tirelessly over the festive season to complete critical commissioning tests on Christmas day.

The successful completion of the pilot commissioning tests now paves the way for the Kabulasoke Solar Power Park official commissioning on the Ugandan power grid for onward distribution to power consumers in coming days.

GLAE is the lead financial and technical investor and forms part of a development consortium comprising of Uganda’s Xsabo Power Limited, a consortium of partners and the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited as the off taker.

According to GLAE Director, Michael Kearns, the Commercial Operations Start Date (COD) for the project, was achieved on Sunday, December 30th 2018 and duly confirmed by (UETCL), as per terms of a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Government of the Republic of Uganda.

“With the achievement of a COD milestone, we are now ready to undertake the ceremonial commissioning of the largest solar power park in East and Central Africa at the earliest opportunity,” Kearns said, adding that, the grid switching of the Kabulasoke project marks yet another milestone for GLAE alongside our other projects in Ndola Zambia and Rovuma in Mozambique, where we are providing energy solutions to power national development ideals,” Kearns said.

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

“At Great Lakes Africa Energy we are proud to be associated with the Government of Uganda, Xsabo Power Limited and the consortium partners for making this project possible,” Kearns said, and added: “we are passionate about our mission to power the Great Lakes and Southern Africa region including Uganda, by developing and managing state-of-the-art power projects generated from the most efficient local sources of energy.”

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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