Cognizant of the important role energy plays in boosting development, the Government of Uganda has set the goal to increase access to modern energy to 51% by 2030 and ensure 100% access by 2040. Achieving such an ambitious goal is thought possible through integrated approaches.
The renewable energy sector in Uganda is fragmented, Limited in integrated planning, lacks quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation, clear reporting, and knowledge dissemination culture.
This fragmentation has escalated duplication of efforts, exposed the gaps in quality assurance and constrained experience in ensuring system sustainability. As such, there is critical need for strengthening and sustaining the effort for coordination of the renewable energy sector planning, implementation, monitoring as well as charting a way that the sector can be unified towards a common cause
It is against this backdrop that the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) instituted the National Renewable Energy Platform (NREP) in order to strengthen and sustain efforts and support coordination, planning, implementation and monitor developments; as well as charting a common way forward in the RE sector.
NREP will bring together stakeholders and strategic partners oriented in renewable energy to generate, share and promote knowledge dissemination, enhance innovations in renewable energy so as to solve common challenges and harness opportunities in the energy landscape.
The platform will ensure national representation and harmonization of the renewable energy sector through coordination of various stakeholders and players, while ensuring central governance, enabling the alignment for strategic actions that solve institutional, technical and regulatory challenges experienced in the sector. Specifically, the national renewable energy platform will:
The Platform is led by the representatives of the key stakeholders: Government (MEMD), Development Partners, Thematic Leaders and Board Chairperson of the Private Sector Umbrella Organization (UNREEEA). The Chairperson of the NREP Executive Committee is the Commissioner, Renewable Energy Department, at MEMD.
NREP consists of a Secretariat headed by the NREP Coordinator supported by a lean but effective team. The secretariat is responsible for organizing, coordinating and implementing activities. The Coordinator and the administrative staff assist in organization of the works of experts and thematic groups, and initiate programs and services in accordance with the NREP objectives.