The GET FiT Uganda Programme was officially launched on May 31st, 2013. The Programme, which has been developed by the Government of Uganda and the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), in close cooperation with KfW Development Bank, is designed to leverage private investment into renewable energy generation projects in Uganda. GET FiT is being supported by the Governments of Norway, the United Kingdom, Germany and the EU through the EU Africa Infrastructure Fund.
The main objective of the GET FiT Programme is to assist Uganda in pursuing a climate resilient low-carbon development path resulting in growth, poverty reduction and climate change mitigation by facilitating private sector involvement and improving the framework conditions for private investments in renewable energies. In Uganda, GET FiT is fast-tracking a portfolio of 17 small-scale renewable energy (RE) projects, promoted by private developers and with a total installed capacity of 158 MW. This will yield approximately 765 GWh of clean energy production per year, transforming Uganda’s energy mix within a period of 3-5 years, and resulting in:
Emission reductions of roughly 10 million tonnes of CO2 in 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 the period up to 2020.
Facilitating (or significantly improving) access to energy for at least 200,000 additional households (approximately 1.2 million people) due also, in rural areas, to strengthening of regional grids.
Leveraging of more than USD 450 million in public and private investments for renewable energy (RE) generation projects with a limited amount of results-based grant funding.
A more comprehensive description of the specific tools and approaches applied by GET FiT to address the challenges faced in the Ugandan power sector, the governance structure of the Programme and, key activities and achievements so far, is found in the GET FiT Annual Reports produced since 2013 (www.getfit-reports.com).