First-ever Ugandan P-RECs provide funding for community streetlights
The regions of the world most affected by crises tend to be those most vulnerable to climate change, and are largely excluded from climate finance flows and related investment. In addition, conflict-affected communities tend to experience high levels of energy poverty and face issues like hunger, malnutrition, and lack of basic human necessities. Peace Renewable Energy Credits (P-RECS) have the potential to expand the renewable energy revolution to vulnerable regions, improve quality of life, and create economic opportunities. A P-REC is an International Renewable Energy Credit (I-REC) with an additional certification by Energy Peace Partners (EPP) of the social and economic co-benefits associated with the project.
Developers like Winch Energy are extending the benefits of solar energy to countries in Africa, where REC markets have yet to be fully developed. In Northern Uganda’s Lamwo district, 25 villages will be equipped with 40kWp off-grid and remotely-controllable solar solutions, also known as Remote Power Units (RPU). All RPUs are expected to arrive in Uganda before the end of 2021, and the solar mini grid sites are expected to be operational in early 2022.
In a second phase, 6,000 portable batteries will be deployed for villagers that reside too far to gain direct access to the power unit. Developed specifically to broaden access to reliable, affordable clean energy in off-grid communities, an RPU installation benefits public services, improves living conditions, stimulates developing economies, and creates a new market for electrical goods. Approximately 1,000 P-RECs are projected to be issued each year starting in 2022, but energy production estimates will be confirmed upon final system build and will be dependent upon the number and demand profile of energy off-takers connected.
+ The solar mini grids reduce the need for carbon intensive forms of energy that are typical in Northern Uganda. This has a direct climate mitigation impact by reducing local air pollution and decreasing carbon emissions.
+ Winch’s solar sites will provide first-time electrification to rural communities that have had a lack of development for decades. The solar sites will provide around 65 permanent jobs, and many more during the construction phase.
+ The P-REC-funded community streetlights will increase safety and security, and allow local businesses to stay open longer. The electricity connections enabled by the solar mini grids will increase overall quality of life for rural Ugandan households.