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Sh60b Soroti solar project nears completion

By Godfrey Ojore

Added 8th August 2016 01:10 PM

The massive solar plant sits on a 33 acre piece of land

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(L-R) Soroti RDC John Stephen Ekoom, operations engineer Ambrose Kamukama and the site manager Guillerm Martiret at the solar project site in Opuyo. Photo by Godfrey Ojore

The massive solar plant sits on a 33 acre piece of land

The solar project destined to generate 10MW is in the final stages ahead of its commissioning after major works have been completed.

Access Uganda Solar Ltd, East Africa's largest solar IPP launched the project in March in Opuyo Parish in Soroti district.

The project worth sh60b shall produce power that will be added to the main power grid will help end load shedding.

"We have done 95% of the work here and by the end of this month the work shall be ready for commissioning," said the site manager Martiret Guillerm.

He was speaking during an inspection of the site by the Soroti resident district commissioner John Stephen Ekoom.

During the ground breaking ceremony presided over by state minister for minerals Peter Lokeris, the managing director Access Power Stephane Bontemps said that 40,000 households from Soroti shall get free power.

"Access Power develops sustainable and affordable power. We are focusing on three main pillars which are social development, economic development and environment protection," said Bontemps. 

The plant sits on a 33 acre piece of land and in the last four months it has been employing 200 workers.

The project is the biggest in sub-Saharan Africa that is aimed at reducing the number of people in Africa without access to electricity.

 

 

Statistics indicate that 60% of people living in Africa don't have access to electricity but with the introduction of solar projects, the number of people living in darkness may reduce.

"The plant is situated on a float land exposing the solar panels to absorb sunshine that turns into light in people's homes," said Ambrose Kamukama the operations and maintenance engineer.

Ekoom on his part urged the community against being tempted to steal the solar panels as has been the case with solar panels in health centres. 

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