Minister commissions Lolwe Island Solar Project

Lolwe island mini-grid solar project which will boost the country's power generation and distribution capacity has been commissioned in Kandege village in Lolwe sub-county.

The mini-grid of 600KW capacity was developed by Engie Equatorial power at a cost of sh. 3.2b

speaking during the commissioning ceremony, Hon. Ruth Nakabirwa, the Minister for Energy and Mineral Development said the government is committed to distribute power in the entire country.

she said several initiatives are being done by the government to increase generation, accessibility, demand and usage o power in communities

"The government has plans to distribute power to all sub-counties across the country and develop industrial parks. these are all initiatives aimed at increasing demands and usage," Nakabirwa said

A total o 3783 households and businesses have been connected in the villages of Lolwe, Kandege, Labora, Kisumu, Golofa, Butanira among others.

Nakabirwa said " with access to power, efforts are now directed to productive usage o electricity in communities,"

The district Chairperson, Ronald Sanya thanked the government for the initiative. He said the islands were grappling with the challenges of lack of electricity. He appealed to the government to extend cable power to the islands of Sigulu, Hama and Yebe

In addition to generation of power, Enge Equatorial is also implementing pilot projects in electric mobility through the introduction o electric boats for fishermen and motorcycles on the island

The ceremony was attended by the Germanambassador to Uganda,  Permanent secretary ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Rural Electrification Agency representatives, Members of Parliament, district leadership, technical staff, locals among others.