Uganda Solar Energy Association (USEA) has asked the government of Uganda to support solar power vendors in their quest to promote better regulations and the use of clean energy throughout the country.
The Association Chief Executive Officer, Joyce Nkuyahaga, who was conducting media training in Kampala cited the influx of counterfeit solar equipment on the market as a major challenge affecting the sector.
“USEA and CREEK were formed with assistance from Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to provide the expertise and ensure that quality solar systems are supplied to the market,” Nkuyahaga said during the media training.
About 25 media professionals were trained and equipped with relevant knowledge and information about the renewable energy sector.
“USEA is cognizant of the role of the media and needs for access to the right information and experts in the renewable energy sector, in raising awareness about the benefits of transitioning from climate-harming technologies to clean energy solutions like solar,” Nkuyahaga explained.
“We believe that by providing training and other opportunities that the media can leverage in providing the necessary information to the public, the media will be empowered to report effectively about this sector and promote the use of solar energy among millions of people in Uganda,” she noted.
As part of its efforts, USEA together with Energy without Borders has been conducting a month-long awareness campaign dubbed Let’s Go Solar aimed at promoting the use of solar products in Soroti, and Mbale Municipalities, to sensitize up to 149,675 and 108,558 households, respectively more