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Uganda is richly endowed with abundant renewable energy resources, with the potential to generate 5,300MW, with hydro power potential alone being estimated at about 2,000MW. Unfortunately, only about 13% of this potential has been exploited.
Since the commissioning of the first hydro power dam in 1954, the electricity sub-sector has had its share of challenges, until privatisation of the 90s. Government and development partners have thus played a big role towards mobilising the stakeholders to exploit this potential.
Nevertheless, Uganda’s annual per capita consumption of electricity of 75kWh is still one of the lowest in the region. Access to electricity of 14% and increasing demand of 10% per year can also be improved, in a public-private partnership approach.
Hydro Power Association of Uganda Ltd;, therefore, is one of the organisations whose key objective is to bring together hydro power developers, plus other key stakeholders whose core mandate is related with hydro power in particular or renewable energy in general, to interface with government and other relevant partners to lobby for the promotion of hydro power as the most appropriate technology for development, in Uganda and beyond.