President Lauds Defence Ministry on Moves to Save on Power Bills

Thursday, 22nd February 2018
President Yoweri Museveni has welcomed the move by the Ministry of Defence to save on utility bills saying that it is more beneficial to spend on equipment that enables the saving to be realized. He, therefore, encouraged the Ministry to install solar systems in barracks such as Bombo Land Forces headquarters to cut down on the electricity bills.
The President was receiving the executives of British-based Nexus Green and their delegation, who called on him at State House, Entebbe last evening.
The delegation that was led by the Chairperson of Nexus Green, Baroness Sandip Verma and its founder, Tarun Nikki Verma, updated President Museveni on the work and progress that Nexus Green is doing in the country.  The company specializes in consultancy with governments to assist them in renewable energy policies, strategies and implementation.
Last year, the Government of Uganda signed a memorandum with Nexus Green to build a plant for manufacturing of solar water pumps with a view to aiding the country to step up efforts in order realize more usage of irrigation in the agricultural sector.
Nexus Green has also been contracted by the government to provide solar power at Kololo Independence Ceremonial grounds in Kampala. The solar panels will be fitted on the roof of the public pavilion and when completed, the US$1.3 million system is expected to help Government save Shs.30 million per a month on electricity bills. The system is expected to last for about 25 years.
According to Baroness Verma, Nexus Green has identified the site for the construction of the assembly plant to produce solar water pumps and that 25,000 villages have so far been identified to benefit from the communal solar plants.
State Minister for Planning, David Bahati; that of State for Water, Ronald Kibuule and of State Agriculture, Christopher Kibanzanga; Defence Ministry Permanent Secretary, Rosette Byengoma and Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Permanent Secretary, Pius Wakabi Kasajja, attended the meeting. ENDS