Great Lakes Africa Energy (GLAE) a United Kingdom registered, Sub-Sahara focused energy solutions provider, has announced the completion of a $25 million solar power generating plant in Uganda. GLAE, whose goal is to remain a leader in innovation and sustainability, is also celebrating its seventh anniversary this week.
Acting as the lead financial and technical investor, GLAE is part of a development consortium comprising Uganda’s Xsabo Power Limited, which has been working to deliver the 24MW Kabulasoke Solar Power Park in conjunction with the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL).
With the official commissioning of the Kabulasoke Solar Power Park, which is the first of its kind in the East Africa region, Uganda will be making a big leap towards enhancing its renewable energy capacity.
The on-schedule completion of the 24-megawatt (MW) Kabulasoke Solar Power Park, comes hot on the heels of the firm’s recent partnership with the Government of Mozambique.
The partnership is to develop a natural gas fired electric power generating plant at an estimated value of $400 million. As part of the agreement signed last May, GLAE which also operates a 105MW power plant in Zambia’s copper belt town of Ndola, under Ndola Energy Company Limited (NECL), is set to develop, finance, own and operate the plant to be fed with natural gas supplies from Mozambique’s Rovuma Basin.
The project development teams worked overtime during the Festive Season to complete critical commissioning tests on Christmas Day. They managed to achieve the project Commercial Operations Start Date (COD), ahead of the New Year.
The successful completion of the pilot commissioning tests, in collaboration with the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company 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 Director, Mr. Michael Kearns stated that the Commercial Operations Start Date (COD) for the project, was achieved on Sunday, 30th December, 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,” said Kearns.
Once officially commissioned, the Kabulasoke project, which is already connected to the national grid, will serve a population of more than 5 million people in rural Uganda, who currently rely on kerosene, among other non-renewable energy sources while affording more than 21,000 tons of carbon savings.
GLAE is in the process of securing additional Power Purchase Agreements in Africa and beyond and is currently screening opportunities in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.