Energy for Rural Transformation (ERT) program

Background
The Energy for Rural Transformation (ERT) program is a Government of Uganda (GOU) and World Bank Program whose purpose is the improvement of incomes and quality of lives in rural areas. The (ERT) program commenced in 2003 and two phases have been implemented to date, Phase 1 having ended in December 2009, while phase 2 ended on 30th June 2016.The ERT program is managed by a Project Coordination Unit based at Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. Since commencement of ERT program, Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) has been one of the implementing agencies, providing various business development support services to private sector players engaged in renewable energy business.

Phase 3 of the ERT Program

The Government of Uganda (GOU) and World Bank approved Phase 3 of the ERT program and it commenced in April 2016. Phase 3 is a five year project and its development objective is to increase access to electricity in rural areas.

The project components include on grid and off-grid investments to enhance energy access. PSFU will contribute to achievement of off grid energy access by providing business development support to activities that will;

  1. Foster community-based schemes to expand access to the rural households through the construction of Six Pico /Micro hydropower projects in hard to reach areas in the country.
  2. Strengthen the solar PV sector through supporting the organization and development of a self-sustaining solar energy umbrella body (the Uganda Solar Energy Association – USEA) that will effectively represent solar energy business interests and complement Government initiatives towards voluntary compliance with technical standards for supply and installation of solar energy products.
  3. Scale up the number of skilled/certified individuals in electrical installation works.

Uganda Clean Cooking Supply Chain Expansion Project (UCCSCEP)

The Uganda Clean Cooking Supply Chain Expansion Project (UCCSCEP) is a US$2.2 million Government of Uganda/World Bank funded project, implemented by Private Sector Foundation Uganda together with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD). The development objective of the 36 months project is to reduce both: (i) the economic burden on households; and (ii) the negative impacts on the environment, of the inefficient use of solid biomass fuels for cooking by fostering sales and adoption of cleaner and more efficient cooking technologies. The Project became effective on 28th October 2016.

UCCSCEP Project Objectives

  1. Foster the large-scale dissemination of cleaner and more efficient stoves through commercial distributors.
  2. Facilitate the integration and strengthening of local stove supply chains though “matchmaking” between manufacturers and distributors.
  3. Support the development and field testing of high-impact marketing and consumer engagement schemes; and
  4. Roll-out a rigorous quality assurance and technical support program in support of local manufacturers.

While past strategies have focused on creating supply-push through the scaling of cookstove production volume; the rest of the supply chain has not grown accordingly and lack of distribution networks is constraining further market growth.  The Project focus therefore is to provide targeted assistance to a limited number of large, established manufacturers, and fostering technology transfer through partnerships between Ugandan and international industry leaders. The targeted assistance is provided under a Distribution Challenge Fund (DCF) to consortia, each made up of one manufacturer of clean cooking stoves and one or more stove distributors. The Project also is going to pilot modern combustion technology initiatives in selected public schools relying on wood fuel.

AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITY: Distribution Challenge Fund – Call for proposals from other local and international stove manufacturers of improved cook stoves

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Links to key partners

  1. www.worldbank.org
  2. www.rea.or.ug
  3. www.energyandminerals.go.ug
  4. www.reeep.org