BFZ-EAREP Project Planning

Last November 16th and 17th, National Executive Committee members of HPAUL, under the UNREEEA arrangement, were joined by representatives from other East African Renewable Energy bodies to draft a road-map for the next three years.

Over 15 participants attended the planning meeting and regional exchange that was held at Hotel Africana in Kampala. The meeting was funded by BFZ through the East African Renewable Energy Partnership (EAREP) Project. BFZ was represented by Dr Georg Heidenreich, the Regional Project Manager and Mr Torsten Schulthess, the Program Director based in Germany; while HPAUL was represented by Mr Benard Sembatya (Chairman) and Mr Dan Marlone (Treasurer).EARE Partnership in Kla


HPAUL/UNREEEA in EARE Project Regional Exchange, Arusha

EAREP Arusha participants
Dr Georg of BFZ (extreme left), with some of the participants, after a paying courtesy call on East Africa Business Council headquarters in Arusha. Uganda was represented by Dan Marlone (4th left), Claire Nabagesera (with pink scarf) and Noah Asinge (behind Claire).

East Africa Renewable Energy (EARE) Project is composed of national renewable energy organisations from the five EAC partner states. These are UNREEEA, KEREA, TAREA, BUREA and EPD from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda respectively.

From 27th to 29th June, 2017, HPAUL through UNREEEA participated in EARE Project regional meeting and training workshop in Arusha, Tanzania; courtesy of BFZ. The meeting was geared towards strengthening the capacity of RE organisations at national level, to be able to influence policies affecting them, including at the EAC level.

According to Dr Georg Heidenreich, project manager from BFZ, Uganda is expected to host a similar meeting in Kampala in November 2017.

HPAUL Participates in EU RECP Trade Mission

RECP Trade Mission audience
A cross-section of the participants at the EU RECP Trade Mission plenary listen attentively
Dan Marlone at RECP Trade Mission
Dan Marlone of HPAUL makes a presentation at the EU RECP Trade Mission, March 2017

HPAUL was delighted to be part of the Africa-European Union Renewable Cooperation Program (RECP) held at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel on 1st and 2nd March 2017. The theme of this RECP Trade Mission event was, “Unlocking Business Opportunities for Small Hydro Power & Solar Energy in Uganda.”

A dozen companies from Europe participated in the event, which was also graced by H.E. Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Uganda, Mr. Kristian Schmidt.

The event was organised in concjunction with Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. It was a great opportunity for Uganda’s key stakeholders in the small hydro and solar sector to pitch their businesses directly to potential international investors, financiers and business partners all under one roof.

Uganda is one of the six focus African countries of RECP; the other ones being Rwanda, Nigeria, Senegal, Mozambique and Zambia.

HPAUL Visits Bujagali, Isimba and Karuma – report

The activity report of HPAUL select stakeholders that visited Bujagali, Isimba and Karuma hydro power development sites in August 2015, with the support from WWF Uganda Country Office is now available. Please feel free to download and share here.

HPAUL Represented at Milano – Italy


Two members of HPAUL were among the hundreds of participants that attended the recent Africa-European Union Energy Partnership (AEEP) held in Milano, Italy.

Mr. Benard Sembatya and Mr. Abdu Kalema were among the participants from Uganda, headed by the Minister for Energy and Mineral Development, Hon. Irene Muloni. This Second Stakeholder Forum ran from 16th to 17th May, under the theme, “Business and Science: Leading the Way to Sustainable Energy.”  

Benard, who heads HPAUL, said the meeting was very interactive. “We met lots of potential investors and partners who expressed interest to invest in Uganda’s renewable energy,” he said, adding: “the future is bright.”

The forum was hosted by the Italian Government, the European Commission and the African Union Commission, as a follow-up of the first one held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2012.


UNREEEA Holds Maiden AGM – 16 March 2016

The Uganda National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Alliance has pulled of its first Annual General Meeting. UNREEEA, founded early 2015 with the support of GIZ, is the topmost umbrella body for renewable energy and energy efficiency in Uganda. HPAUL is one of the five founding member organisations.

The AGM, held at Hotel Africana in Kampala, was also attended by development partners and representatives of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development and the Electricity Regulatory Authority, among others.

HPAUL Reports – ‘Recommendations of Social and Environmental Concerns of the Development of Hydro Power Projects in Uganda’ highlighted in the Media

A snapshot of the Recommendations that appeared in the New Vision and the Daily Monitor of Thursday 3rd December, 2015

The New Vision of Thursday 3rd December, 2015 (page 34) and the Daily Monitor of the same date (pages 8 and 9) both published THE DEVELOPERS’ PERSPECTIVE and recommendations that the Hydro Power Association of Uganda Ltd came up with, in relation to the Environmental and Social Concerns of hydro power development in Uganda field activity of August 2015. Any hydro power developer, investor, civil society or government agency involved in hydro power issues should look for and archive this publication – a valuable reference tool.


HPAUL was among the various organisations that participated in the two-day training in the use of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol that took place at the Nile Resort Hotel in Jinja from 25th to 26th November. The training was organised by WWF Uganda Country Office in conjunction with the International Hydropower Association (IHA). The Protocol is a set of tools that measure the sustainability of hydropower projects at different levels of development. “It [the protocol] is voluntary, and can help the developer save huge amounts of money arising from a delayed project,” says Simon Howard, IHA; who co-facilitated the training with Dr. Jian-hua Meng of WWF Germany.

HPAUL Stakeholders Tour Bujagali, Isimba and Karuma HPPs – 11th August, 2015 

Albert Byaruhanga, the Project Manager of Karuma HPP explains to HPAUL stakeholders.
Albert Byaruhanga, the Project Manager of Karuma HPP explains to HPAUL stakeholders.

A team of 30 key stakeholders of the Association, with support from WWF Uganda Country Office (UCO), held a week-long activity from 9th August to 15th August 2015. This included two capacity building workshops, the first one at the Source of the Nile Hotel in Jinja and the other at Kabalega Resorts Hotel in Masindi, plus field visits to Bujagali, Isimba and Karuma Hydro Power Projects. The objective was to raise awareness of the various environmental and social concerns associated with the development of hydropower projects in Uganda.

EAC Meeting on Small Hydros – 11th June, 2015

In June 2015, the Association participated in a regional meeting held in Nairobi. The theme of the conference was, ‘Advanced Scoping for Technical Capacity-Building on Small Hydro Power in East Africa.’ It was carried out under the auspices of Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Program (RECP), European Union Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) and the East African Community Secretariat.

Strategic Framework Produced

A two-day workshop was held at Kabira Country Club in August. With the help of a consultant, the Association came up with a 5-Year Strategic Plan. It was sponsored by WWF Uganda Country Office.

HPAUL Participates in Energy Efficiency Week

The Association was part of the Energy Efficiency Week 2014, held at the Uganda Manufacturers’ Association main exhibition hall in Lugogo, Kampala. Hundreds of dealers in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies showcased their services and products. The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Hon. Irene Muloni, officiated.

Hydro Power Association of Uganda formed

On Friday 11th April 2014, with financial support from GIZ, various stakeholders convened at Hotel Protea located in Kololo, Kampala District, for a one-day workshop. The outcome of this workshop was the birth of Hydro Power Association of Uganda.

A National Executive Committee of 8 persons and 2 advisors was also constituted. Its tasks were to –

  • Formalise the registration of the Association,
  • Open a bank account,
  • Setting up the secretariat,
  • Design financial documents,
  • Embark on a membership drive,
  • Have a strategic plan of the association in place; and, finally,
  • Work towards official launch of the Association.

So far, all have been achieved, except the last one. Efforts are being made to secure funds for the launch.