Construction finally to start on 23-MW solar power plant in Uganda

Spanish renewable energy project developer RIC Energy has begun construction of the 23-megawatt Nkonge solar power plant in Uganda. The client is Xsabo Group, an investment and consulting company based in several African and European countries and headquartered in Starnberg, Germany. The power output is to be sold to the state-owned power marketer Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (UETCL).
The project had a long lead time. The application for licensing and operation was already published by the responsible regulatory authority ERA (Electricity Regulatory Authority) in May 2020. On March 31, 2021, an official start-of-construction-ceremony took place in the presence of the then -Ugandan Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi. At that time, the total investment was stated at US$17.3 million, with commissioning scheduled for December 2021. The sale of the project rights by RIC to Xsabo took place in September 2021, according to press reports.
The plant in Mubende district is »expected« to be the largest privately financed project of its kind in Uganda when it is completed in the second half of 2023, according to RIC Energy. The company is also building a 132/33 kilovolt substation and a 4.5-kilometer 132 kilovolt overhead transmission line to connect the plant to the grid.
RIC has already constructed the 20-megawatt Kabulasoke solar power plant for Xsabo, which was completed in late 2018. Again, commissioning was originally scheduled much earlier, in December 2016. Xsabo is planning three more projects in Uganda, bringing the company's solar portfolio in the country to 150 megawatts.

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