Implementation of a solar test laboratory in sub-Sahara Africa Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Penetration of decentralized power supply for households and commercial enterprises is low in Sub-Sahara Africa. Solar Home Systems (SHS), despite their widespread use in other continents have failed to attain much success in Africa. One of the reasons is the high rate of failure of existing implementations. Data shows earlier failure rates of 50 [1]. This is largely attributed to poor quality of products used, inefficient installation, mismanagement and lack of maintenance. To address this problem, the Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) has set up a Solar PV test laboratory in Uganda. This paper describes the process used and how to sustain the laboratory after implementation. The lab is intended to provide a forum for training, research and consultancy under CREEC. It is intended as a tool to implement the triple helix and clusters procedure in the PV industry. This paper offers detail covering the current situation of the energy sector in Uganda and how the lab helps capacity building in the University to support the upcoming demand.