Uganda: Local mayor to work with businesses to make district 100% renewable energy-dependent by 2020
Author: Godfrey Baluku Kime (Mayor of Kasese, Uganda), in The Guardian, Published on:
"Ugandan mayor: My district will be 100% renewable by 2020"
My desire to set a 100% renewable by 2020 goal was strongly motivated by the alarming climate-induced degradation of the snow-capped Rwenzori mountains, from which the communities here derive their livelihood, water supply and identity. The people of the Rwenzori get their name from the snow. Without the snow, our name will be no more. Also, I want to boost energy access in the region to improve living standards, increase public health and bolster the local economy.
The 100% renewables programme was launched in 2012 with the aim to transform the energy supply in the city of Kasese and the surrounding district. I want to bring access to clean energy services for all domestic, productive and social needs in both rural and urban areas by 2020.
...The district council has passed a policy providing tax breaks for all renewable-energy-related businesses. The council is also providing traineeships for the installation, maintenance and distribution of renewable energy technologies. We are also working with universities, businesses and NGOs. A collaboration between WWF and Barefoot Power Uganda is allowing local businesses provide loans for small-scale solar in mountain villages.