Data Collection Project for Solar Market Development
CREEC was contracted by GIZ’s Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (PREEEP) as the consultant for the “Data Collection Solar Market Development” project from 15th March 2013 to 15th March 2014.
Background and Objective
PREEEP, a programme implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with co-financing from the Dutch Government and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, has been carrying out a national solar market analysis with stations staged in the northern, south western and southern areas of Uganda.
PREEEP aims at increasing access to modern energy services for the population of Uganda, among others by increasing access to electricity especially in the rural areas through technologies such as solar photovoltaic’s and grid connections. In order to reach this objective, the programme is supporting the development of rural market structures for solar photovoltaic (PV) with co-financing from the Dutch-German Energy Partnership Energising Development (EnDev).
One of PREEEP’s activities focuses on solar companies located in rural areas in the target regions of West Nile, Central, and South-Western Uganda. The major objective of this activity is to establish and strengthen linkages between solar companies/dealers, supply companies/importers and financial institutions offering loans forsolar products. Rural solar dealers are supported through technical and business trainings as well as promotion and marketing support under the umbrella of the access to solar brand.
The CREEC solar department is in charge of data collection from the solar companies for the “Data Collection Solar Market Development“ project. Quarterly data collection from all access to solar dealers/shops in the countrywill take place in regards of Solar Homesystem (SHS) sales data including components used and solar lantern sales data (pico-PV products). The collected data will be managed in a database to be used for analysis of the development of Uganda’s solar market.
In addition to data collection, CREEC is performing spot quality checks to assess the quality of equipment, workmanship, failing components and the end-user’s knowledge of how to use and maintain solar systemsin order to better understand the market situation.