GET FiT Knowledge transfer

Through GET FiT a sizeable and diverse sample of small RE projects are being developed and constructed within a limited time-frame. ERA acknowledges that this provides a unique opportunity for highly relevant and practical on-the-job training and has requested knowledge transfer in areas closely linked to the implementation of the GET FiT portfolio.  The knowledge transfer will draw on the experience of the GET FiT implementation team. ERA has also requested technical assistance in operational areas which are not as directly linked to the on-the-ground implementation of the GET FiT projects, but focusing more on strengthening the enabling framework for RE development. The knowledge transfer is funded by DFID through the GET FiT interconnection component.
A Concept Note outlining a range of potential activities was prepared by ERA with support from the Implementation Consultant during 2017, and the following areas of knowledge transfer were selected: 
  1. Management of renewable energy projects under construction.
  2. Follow up of environmental & social compliance for renewable
    energy projects. 
  3. Design optimisation for small hydropower plants.
  4. Benchmarking the costs and performance of power producers.
  5. Determination of Return on Equity in the Uganda Electricity
    Supply Industry.
The training on the economic regulation components (no. 4 and 5 above) will be implemented in Q1 2018, with a one week training in Kampala in February. 
The remaining components (1-3 above) relate to technical, and environmental and social aspects of developing renewable energy projects (in particular hydropower) and will be carried out as part of the ongoing joint GET FiT construction supervision visits conducted by ERA and the Implementation Consultant. This will allow the supervision team to go into greater depth on selected issues, based on their joint experiences from implementing the GET FiT portfolio. A process of selecting specific subjects and activities is ongoing. Activities will to the extent possible be combined with the quarterly supervision visits. The activities may include various forms of workshops, joint preparation of papers/publications, preparation/revision of internal ERA guidelines, seminars, presentations to broader ERA staff, etc.