Year in review 2013

About Get Fit UGanda

The GET FiT Uganda Program was officially launched on May 31st 2013. The program, which has been jointly developed by the Government of Uganda, the Electricity Regulatory Agency (ERA) and KfW is designed to leverage private investment into renewable energy generation projects in Uganda. GET FiT is being supported by the Government of Norway, the United Kingdom, the Government of Germany and EU through the EU Africa Infrastructure Fund as well as the World Bank through their IDA Partial Risk Guarantee (PRG) instrument.

The main objective of the GET FiT Program is to assist East African nations in pursuing a climate resilient low-carbon development path resulting in growth, poverty reduction and climate change mitigation. Roll-out of the program has started in Uganda. In Uganda, GET FiT intends to fast-track a portfolio of about 20 small-scale renewable energy (RE) generation projects, promoted by private developers and with a total installed capacity of roughly 170 MW. This will yield approximately 830 GWh production per year, transforming Uganda’s energy mix within a period of 3-5 years, and resulting in:

  • emission reductions of roughly 11M tons of CO2 the 20-year lifespan of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs);
  • an increase in Uganda’s energy production by about 20%, and thus a contribution to tackling an anticipated supply shortage in 2015;
  • facilitating (or significantly improving) access to energy for at least 200.000 additional households (approximately 1.2M people), also in rural areas due to strengthening of regional grids;
  • leveraging of close to MEUR 400 in public and private investments for RE generation projects with a limited amount of results-based grant funding 

Official launch of the GET FiT Uganda program. Mr. Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther (Ambassador of Norway), Mr. Dirk Niebel (Former Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany), Peter Lokeris (Minister of State for Mineral Development, Uganda), May 31, 2013.  Also present, but not in the picture: Daniel Graymore, Head of Office DfID (Photo: GET FiT)