The main objective of the overall GET FiT Program is to assist East African nations in pursuing a climate resilient low carbon development path resulting in growth, poverty reduction and climate change mitigation. The roll-out of the programme has started in Uganda. In Uganda, GET FiT intends to leverage private investments into renewable energy generation projects and to fast-track a portfolio of small-scale renewable energy generation projects, promoted by private developers and with a total installed capacity of roughly 150 MW and approximately 800GWh production per year, transforming Uganda’s energy mix within a period of 3-5 years. In addition, the first grid-connected solar PV projects are to be facilitated, allowing for additional generation capacity of approximately 20 MWp/30 GWh. The programme provides technical assistance to the regulator to ensure sustainable improvements in the area of tariff modelling, project due diligence and tendering of concessions for small renewables. The revision of the standardised Power Purchase Agreements for small renewables has further added to a sustainable improvement of the investment climate in Uganda. Currently, 30 MW of bagasse and solar generation has been commissioned. The first hydro power plants are expected to go online by end of first quarter 2017. Ten projects have already obtained financial close.
The EU-AITF SE4ALL Investment Grant of EUR 20 million will be used to make small-scale renewable energy generation projects − between 1 MW and 20 MW installed capacity − financially viable. It will co-finance a Premium Payment Mechanism which will enable such projects to reach financial close and implementation. The payment of this premium will increase the regulated feed-in tariff to a sustainable level and support, in particular, the Solar Facility with the aim of introducing the first grid-connected solar PV plants to Uganda. The first solar plant has been commissioned in November 2016, a second plant is expected to be operational by mid-2017.