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Kanungu Run-of-River Hydro, Uganda

Generating renewable power to enhance rural energy access and reduce carbon emissions

Project overview

  • Region: Africa

  • Project type: Renewable energy

  • Standards: CDM, I-REC

Kanungu is a small run-of-river hydropower plant which reduces emissions by displacing diesel-powered generators that supply the Ugandan national grid. The electricity grid in Uganda is poorly developed and 83% of the population have no access to electricity. The project generates approximately 29 GWh of electricity each year which, though small, delivers additional capacity to the grid and roughly 20,000 tonnes of emissions reductions. This will enhance rural access to electricity services and, importantly, reduce load shedding, which negatively affects the local economy by shutting off electricity supply at unknown intervals.

Sustainable Development Goals

In addition to delivering emissions reductions to take climate action (SDG 13), the project delivers a number of other benefits including:

  • Decent Work and Economic Growth: During construction of the hydropower plant, between 100 and 200 people were employed, and 23 employees developed skills in steel bending and carpentry.
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: The additional capacity generated from this project is expected to support the development of new industries and stimulate investment in rural, south-western Uganda. Only 17% of the Ugandan population had access to electricity in 2017.

Employment has enabled staff members to buy additional land and invest in agricultural training programmes.

If in-stream hydro power supplies 3.7% of the world electricity by 2050 it can reduce 4 gigatons of emissions and save $1.8 trillion in energy costs

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