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Uganda: Rural Electrification

On December 30, 2016, Ci-Dev signed an emissions reduction purchase agreement (ERPA) with the Uganda Rural Electrification Agency (REA) for the purchase of approximately 990,000 certified emission reductions (CERs) to be generated through end 2024.

The project will support about 117,500 families to receive a new grid connection as part of the country’s on-going rural electrification program. Funds from the purchase of CERs generated by the entire program will ensure that these families are able to be connected through a subsidized ‘ready board’. The ready board is a pre-manufactured distribution board that acts as a termination for the incoming electricity supply from the utility. The use of these boards dispenses with the need for internal house wiring, thereby providing a lower cost wiring option for low income households. Without a subsidy for these ready boards, these 117,500 households would be unlikely to receive a new connection as part of the national program. If successful, the program could serve as a replicable model for other national-scale rural electrification programs to ensure that low income households can receive electrical connections.