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Hydropower for western Uganda

Building hydroelectric power plants is complex and often difficult to finance. But not just investors need convincing, the local population does, too.

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Hydroelectric power in Uganda

Goal: Establishing hydroelectric power as a clean energy source
Scope: a 5.4 megawatt hydroelectric power plant on the river Lubilia that supplies power to the grid
CO2-savings:  12,000 tons a year
Partner: Seed Capital Assistance Facility

Hydroelectric power is considered a clean energy source. Nonetheless, it is often very difficult to secure financing for the construction of such power plants. Thanks to the support of Seed Capital Assistance Facility a new plant of this type is currently being built in western Uganda. It will render thousands of fossil-fuel guzzling diesel generators in the region obsolete but money is only one part of the equation. For such a project to be successful, it also has to benefit the local people since the new power plant requires them to relocate..

A film by Wolfgang Bernert

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