The majority of Uganda’s 1M+ refugees lack access to clean and affordable energy. An opportunity exists for the private sector to collaborate with humanitarian organizations and development partners to provide market-based solutions and improve livelihoods in a commercially viable way.
It is estimated that USD 800 million in debt will need to be invested in solar home system businesses in Uganda to achieve universal energy access (SDG 7). Local banks and financial institutions need to recognize this opportunity and play a role in providing local currency debt financing.
Uganda Off-Grid Energy Market Accelerator (UOMA), in collaboration with United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Power Africa, hosted a matchmaking event for solar irrigation financing in Kampala on 28th August 2019.
Productive use of energy is gaining increased attention and traction in the market. This report assesses opportunities for productive use of energy in Uganda’s dairy value chain.
The Uganda Off-grid Market Accelerator (UOMA) is pleased to release a 2019 version of the market map to give a valuable snapshot of the Ugandan landscape and continue it’s role in coordination and communication for the market.
This report focuses on innovative models that can leverage digital financial services (DFS) to accelerate energy access. It addresses the current state of DFS for off-grid energy in Uganda, potential innovative partnership models, and challenges and opportunities for the space.
This report is one in a series of insights on how to reach ‘unserved populations’ by targeting barriers to both ability to pay and willingness to pay, discussing challenges across affordability, access and awareness. Today, ~80% of Ugandans live without access to modern energy with an even larger concentration in Northern Uganda. Bringing energy to these households has become a central focus of Uganda’s development agenda. In order to develop strategies to serve these households, UOMA is conducting research and releasing insights on the topic.
UOMA completed a second successful year establishing itself as a credible entity and central stakeholder in the scaling of off-grid energy access in Uganda. We are pleased to share more about our work in our 2018 Annual Report which features our impact highlights and progress across our initiatives.
This report shares a cost-benefit analysis of the impact of various tax and subsidy policies on the uptake of solar home systems (SHS) in Uganda. This study explores the levers of VAT and import duties, as well as complementary value of subsidies, both market and consumer facing, to accelerate the SHS growth rates.
This report is second in the series of insights reports to discuss challenges in reaching unserved populations and draws on grassroots pilots UOMA has been running alongside solar home system operators in Uganda to test new models to enhance awareness.