The Kabulasoke solar power park, built by RIC Energy, features Level 1 polycrystalline solar modules with an efficiency of 17.6%, which is currently the highest in the industry and guarantees high energy performance. 68,000 solar panels have been installed, an infrastructure that will provide energy to neighboring districts. The park has generated more than 300 jobs to date and more than 95% of the equipment involved in the construction of the solar power plant has been made up of Ugandans.
Through its subsidiary in Africa, RIC Energy signed the EPC contract with MSS Xsabo Power Limited, the company that owns the project, for the construction of the solar power plant in Kabulasoke, located in the central district of Gomba, in Uganda, whose investment has been $ 24,500,000.
The Kabulasoke PV plant is considered as a pilot project. It is the first of the five solar energy projects that the Xsabo Group plans to start up in various areas of Uganda, with a total capacity of 150 MW. The RIC Energy team completed critical commissioning tests in Uganda on Christmas Day; ensuring that the project’s commercial start date (COD) was before the New Year and that the project was completed for its inauguration, which took place on January 9.
At the opening ceremony, the President of RIC Energy Group, José Luis Moya, highlighted the work carried out together with the MSS Xsabo Power team “to support economic development and provide clean energy solutions in Uganda” and added that with this first solar power park successfully completed “RIC Energy expects to build more solar photovoltaic projects in Uganda and other countries in Africa.”
For his part, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni stressed that the peace and security that Uganda has enjoyed over the past 30 years and the policies promoted by his Government have made Uganda an attractive investment destination. By attending the opening ceremony, President Museveni wanted to highlight the strategic importance of the Kabulasoke solar plant in Uganda’s National Development Plan, and express his Government’s full support for projects in the implementation phase. .
Finally, the General Director of the Xsabo Group, Dr. David Alobo, underlined “the wonderful work” carried out by RIC Energy, and pointed out that it is a milestone with which Uganda must continue to consolidate its status in Africa, at the forefront of energy clean and sustainable ”. Thus, he assured that solar energy technology can do for Uganda and Africa what mobile phone technology has done for the communications industry: “all Ugandans can easily have electricity in the coming years, as can practically all Ugandans have a mobile phone today ”.
The opening ceremony, which was attended by many people, was also attended by the Vice President of Uganda, Edward K. Ssekandi; the Minister of State for Energy, Simón D’Ujangay; and the president of the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), Santo Apire, among other authorities.