RISE visit to Northern Uganda brought to life the potential of off-grid energy
Project RISE researcher Dr Philipp Trotter went on a two-week research trip to Uganda in January and February 2019. Driving through Northern Uganda illustrated the limits of grid electrification for reaching the UN's Sustainable Development Goal No 7, i.e. ensuring universal access to modern energy by 2030: While the national grid passed right over rural households, almost none of these houses were actually connected to the grid (see picture above). With limited financial resources, low initial demand and sparse population patterns, a connection to these houses (which would require a transformer to decrease the voltage) is currently not an economically viable mode of electrification. While Uganda's government strongly focuses on grid expansion, off-grid solutions are required to equip all citizens with electricity.