A successful first operational year
Commissioned in November 2016, the Soroti Solar Power Plant has been injecting power to the national grid for more than a year now. The 10 MW plant (32,680 solar modules on 13 hectares) developed by Access Uganda Solar Ltd. was, at the beginning of commercial operation, the first grid-connected Solar Power Plant in Uganda but also East Africa’s largest (now challenged by Tororo, the second Solar Power Plant commissioned under GET FiT and also 10 MW).
From December 2016 to November 2017 inclusive (one year), the plant produced approximately 16.5 GWh. The deemed energy due to failures from the grid was 0.7 GWh (corresponding to approximately 6.5 days of power outage), meaning that the plant should have produced 17.2 GWh in theory (no failures from the grid) which is at the level of the expected 17.5 GWh per year.
The local Operation and Maintenance team (4 men and 1 woman) did not report any major events since achieving commercial operation, and was mostly following normal operating procedures, both preventive and corrective.
Figure 1: Cleaning of the PV modules. Credit: Access Uganda Solar Ltd.
Figure 2: Vegetation control. Credit: Access Uganda Solar Ltd.
Figure 3: Soroti 10 MW Solar PV Plant. Credit: Access Uganda Solar Ltd.