The 2007-2017 Renewable Energy Policy (REP) aims to increase the share of renewable energy from 4% to 61% of national energy consumption by 2017.
In order to facilitate reaching the goal, REP establishes appropriate fiscal and financial tools to attract investments, and inserted renewable electricity access targets in gender and pro-poor policies. The policy also creates tools to disseminate information on sustainable biomass management and waste-to-energy conversion, encourages research and development on the benefits and opportunities of RE, and advocates biofuels as a substitute to fossil fuels.
Moreover, the REP exempts all renewable energy equipment from any tax levies.
The 2007 RE policy also sets out installed-capacity targets for various technologies for the years 2007, 2012 and 2017 as follows:
Capacity targets (MW)
Mini and micro hydropower
Biofuels (in m³/y)
Solar water heating (m²)
To achieve above targets, the REP first supports large-scale hydro projects, through the implementation of Public Private Partnerships and the negotiation of project-by-project energy purchasing tariffs.
It will further create a Ugandan Feed-In-tariff to support small-scale renewable projects and local Individual Power Producers. To further attract private investors, the government will secure stable Standardized Power Purchase Agreements.