GET FiT arranged a visit by GoU and development partners to the Nkusi SHP on 8 February 2017. The objective of the site visit was to witness the progress on one of the supported hydropower projects during construction. Nkusi SHP was selected due to its unique design that includes a 900 m long tunnel and its strategic location on the shores of Lake Albert in Western Uganda. The GoU was represented by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFPED) whereas the development partners represented were Norway and DFID (London and Kampala). The visit was accompanied by KfW and it provided valuable insights for the annual review of GET FiT by DFID as well as roll out planning by the London-based team.
Tororo Commissioning Ceremony
The commissioning of Tororo PV, as Uganda’s second on-grid solar plant, attracted several high level representatives from the Programme sponsors and good media coverage. See the chapter on Project Status for more details.
Uganda’s Minister of State for Mineral Development, H.E. Peter Lokeris (no. six from the left), together with: EU Ambassador, Attilio Pacifici (no. 4 from the right); German Ambassador, Dr. Albrecht Conze (no. 5 from right) and Norwegian Ambassador Susan Eckey (no. 4 from left), as well as representatives of other stakeholders. Photo: KfW.
Joint stakeholder ribbon cutting at Tororo commissioning ceremony. Front from the left: Norwegian Ambassador Susan Eckey; Managing Director Building Energy South Africa, Matteo Brambilla; Uganda’s Minister of State for Mineral Development, H.E. Peter Lokeris; EU Ambassador, Attilio Pacifici; MP for Tororo South County, Fredrick Angura; ERA Board member, Eng. Oteng Otogo. Photo: KfW.
GET FiT at International Conferences The GET FiT Secretariat was invited to give keynote speeches on the Programme at two international conferences during the reporting period. The Programme was presented at the Africa Renewable Energy Leaders’ Summit held in Nairobi from 4-5 April 2017, as well as at the flagship utility conference – Africa Utility Week – held in Cape Town from 16-18 May 2017. The events provided a platform from which to share knowledge on GET FiT, increase visibility of Programme implementation by the GoU and development partners, and enhance awareness of a wider GET FiT rollout across Africa. An interview of the Secretariat with ESI Africa at the Africa Utility Week can be viewed here:
GET FiT in the Media
GET FiT attracts media attention on a regular basis, mainly in relation to progress on individual projects. Among others, a New Vision article covered ERA’s visit to several GET FiT projects (commissioned or under construction) in August 2017. The article focused on progress and completion of multiple projects and their importance in terms of national and local power supply, local job creation etc. It also focused on the opportunity provided by the portfolio for ERA staff to increase their competence on development of renewable energy projects, and how this was duly utilised by ERA through the field visits.
In order to document and promote GET FiT in a visually appealing manner, ERA in 2016 prepared a 27 minutes long video/documentary that provides a comprehensive presentation of the Programme. The documentary can be viewed here:
In addition to this, a video was prepared on the GET FiT Forum arranged in 2016. While summarising the Forum, the video also includes a general introduction to the Programme (5 minutes long):