Overview

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USEA produces a variety of research and other supporting resources for the solar industry, ranging from full reports to short analyses of the Industry as a whole. This data helps inform the general public, policy makers and solar industry players of the trends and statistics in the industry which could guide them in decision making. USEA is engaged in a number of activities ranging from

Business Development Services for its members. Supporting members to achieve their full business potential
Countrywide Solar awareness campaigns – Lets Go Solar – this is done to increase solar uptake and eliminate negative perceptions about solar products
Media and PR Campaign - Increase USEA and members reach to the public e.g through the 161 toll free channel
Market Sales data collection (SMDC) – Provide perspective on the impact solar has on the Ugandan population
Increasing market and distribution network – create business networks for members so they can thrive
Policy and advocacy and collaboration with government entities such as URA, UNBS in improving standards and tax policy
These activities are carried out in collaboration with several development partners such as UNCDF, USAID-Power Africa, GOGLA, GIZ, UNREEEA, PSFU, MEMD to mention but a few.

Partners

Currently USEA has a number of potential partners and collaborators that are currently supporting or are willing to support the association. These include; the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD), PSFU, and development partners like World Bank, GIZ, DFID, UNCDF and USAID. It is planned that USEA will enhance its strategic collaboration and partnership arrangements with these partners and others. The objective of these partnership arrangements will be to tap on their resources and promote USEA roles, services and activities in Uganda’s solar sector using the collaborative and partnership synergies. USEA will also use such relationships to mobilize resources to finance its strategic plan activities and projects. Some of the partners include:

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD)

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) together with its agencies i.e. Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Uganda Energy Credit Capitalization Company (UECCC); and the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) championed the formation of USEA.

Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU)

With funding from the World Bank to the government of Uganda, the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) is supporting USEA through a consultancy for facilitating the development of the strategic framework and establishment of institutional systems.

UNCDF

United Nations Capital Development Fund with funding from development partners including DFID has initiated collaborating arrangements to work with USEA to strengthen USEA secretariat and support low income customers and households in Uganda to access renewable energy.

GIZ/ BFZ

This is a Germany development agency and it has supported USEA with training of solar companies and exchange visits to Germany. USEA was represented in an expert information seminar on renewable energies for Uganda on July 2016. About 15 company members among which were members of the association visited Germany – Bavaria and were given tours on a number of companies, who can be potential partners in the solar/ renewable energy sector. Germany has advanced in the renewable energy sector, and is aiming at phasing out dependence on nuclear power production by 2022. They have thus capitalized on solar power.

Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA)

GOGLA is the voice of the off-grid solar lighting and electrification sector. GOGLA is a neutral, independent, not-for-profit industry association which acts as a sector enabler and advocate. GOGLA supports the growth and strengthens the market for clean, quality off-grid lighting and electrical systems for households, SMEs and communities in developing countries. Currently, USEA is considering becoming a member of GOGLA, and also inviting GOGLA to take up membership in USEA.

USAID’s Power Africa Uganda Electricity Supply Accelerator

Power Africa Uganda Accelerator supporting USEA in the following areas:

Solar market development (seconded a market development specialist to USEA, Identifying high value consumer networks like Alur Coffee Farmers’ Alliance (AHCA) to be linked to USEA member companies), USEA Public awareness and Promotion (Planning a countrywide promotion and outreach activity to run for 1 year), Creating Linkages (establishment of linkages throughout the solar supply chain), Business Development and Capacity building of USEA as an institution as well as individual member companies, Monitoring and Evaluation (designing processes and developing tools for capturing and managing USEA sales data and impact studies)