Green energy in Uganda
Kanungu, Uganda • Clean Energy
The Kanungu Power Station (Ishasha Small Hydropower project) is a renewable energy project in which electricity is created through hydropower, with an annual electricity production of 31,596 MWh. The project is located just outside the border of Bwindi Forest National Park in the Kanungu District, which is in Western Uganda.
Goals of the project
The Ishasha Small Hydropower project supports a 6.6 MW hydropower plant located 500 metres below the Bwindi Forest National Park boundary on the Ishasha River. The plant takes water from the river and runs it for about 90 metres through two turbines to generate 29.404 GWh of electricity per year. This is fed into the Ugandan electricity grid, replacing electricity from the Ugandan source mix. If the project activity was not carried out, the same amount of electricity would be generated by the fossil fuel-fired power plants connected to the grid. The financing of this project therefore directly prevents the equivalent of 19,027 tonnes of CO2e per year from being released into the atmosphere.
This hydropower plant not only provides clean energy to the grid, but also gives the local communities in the area access to electricity, which brings both social and economic benefits. Without a modern source of electricity, medicines and food cannot be refrigerated, and children cannot study at night or access high quality learning materials. Access to electricity also facilitates economic growth in the region, supporting the growth of local entrepreneurs and providing opportunities for industrial expansion.
The Clean Development Mechanism allows emission-reduction projects in developing countries to earn certified emission reduction (CER) credits, each equivalent to one tonne of CO2. These CERs can be traded and sold, and used by industrialized countries to a meet a part of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol. The mechanism stimulates sustainable development and emission reductions, while giving industrialized countries some flexibility in how they meet their emission reduction limitation targets.
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
Clean hydro energy in Uganda
As a Regreener your money directly goes towards supporting projects that are in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Here are the goals recognised by this project:
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.
Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.