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23rd August 2017

First step completed in construction of key hydropower plant

Run-of-river hydropower cascade marks milestone in 47MW scheme

A 5MW hydropower plant is set to deliver clean, sustainable electricity to 60,000 Ugandan homes, schools and businesses.

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund arranged a US$5.5m loan for Siti I and US$11.7m for the 16.5MW Siti II, which will cascade down Mount Elgon into two more mini hydro plants, totalling 47MW.

EAIF executive director Emilio Cattaneo said: “Siti I is a great example of the real difference we can make to energy supply in the poorest countries. Without help from EAIF it is unlikely this project would have got off the ground.

“Completion of construction at Siti I is an important step in developing Uganda’s energy matrix and business capability.”

The project is developed under the Global Energy Transfer Feed in Tariff (GET FiT), a dedicated support scheme for renewable energy projects managed by Germany’s KfW Development Bank in partnership with Uganda’s Electricity Regulatory Agency (ERA).

Uganda has one of the lowest electricity consumption rates per capita in the world, with an average electrification rate of 15%.

It is estimated that all EAIF’s projects across Uganda will account for 15% of the country’s installed power.

Other key stakeholders in Siti I are FMO, Frontier Energy, ERA, UETCL, MEMD and REA.