Exploring Off-grid Productive Use of Energy in Uganda

Andrew Ssentongo, founder of GRS Commodities, lends a hand during the installation of solar panels on Bukasa Island.
Andrew Ssentongo, founder of GRS Commodities, lends a hand during the installation of solar panels on Bukasa Island. Photo Credit
Fishing boats on Bukasa Island, Lake Victoria.
Fishing boats on Bukasa Island, Lake Victoria. Photo Credit: Open Capital

Bukasa Island’s First Mini-Grid: Proving the Model

After the mini-grid was complete, Open Capital, with Power Africa funding, worked with GRS Commodities to develop a commercially sustainable business model tailored to the islanders’ energy needs. Mini-grids can operate on an “anchor-tenant” model where one large demand for energy, the “anchor load,” drives down energy costs for the “tenants,” or the nearby shops and residences with lower energy demands.

Ice-making facility on Bukasa Island.
A commercial ice-making facility serves as the anchor load for the Bukasa mini-grid. Photo Credit: Open Capital

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