The Environment Protection using appropriate technology of Solar energy Internship project Uganda covers the Solar Village Project. The project concentrates on a particular cluster of a community (Villages) that are off the hydropower grid; and installing solar systems for the beneficiaries to realize the maximum impact.
Uganda has a very serious energy poverty challenge. Hydro - Electricity the main source of energy contributes only 1.4% to the national energy (Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Strategic Investment Plan 2014/15 – 2018/19). A total of 93% of rural households without access to electricity are currently using traditional lighting technologies such as candles or kerosene lamps that give poor quality lighting; emit noxious fumes and present hazards in terms of fires or burns (in particular for small children). Furthermore, the majority of social institutions (e.g. schools and health centers) in rural areas do not have access to electricity, which leads to inferior health and education services in comparison to electrified institutions (ibid).
The Environment Protection using appropriate technology of solar energy aims at utilizing the abundance of sunshine in Uganda to address the challenge of energy poverty within the villages. The project provides quality affordable clean solar energy solutions to community Institutions and Individual households. This is a project where one village is selected and provided with quality affordable clean energy solution like, basic home solar systems of lighting and charging phone basing on the available resources, using micro loaning system.
As an Environment Protection Intern/Volunteer in Uganda, you will contribute to increasing the mileage of eradicating energy poverty within the local communities. Working alongside local community colleagues, the intern/volunteer will have the opportunity to identify villages that should be powered with solar energy; develop a user manual; sensitize and train the community end users on the benefits of having renewable clean energy; arrange community gathering; design payment plan for credit clients; and the Installations of solar systems. You will analyse service case and maintenance of existing solar systems in the community.
By contributing to this initiative, you will be promoting the local communities’ access to affordable, reliable, renewable energy technologies. You will support your communities of placement to conserve their surroundings by creating awareness, increasing knowledge and promoting the utilization of the environmentally friendly solar and renewable energy. You will learn about the challenges of access to affordable, reliable and renewable energy technologies in Uganda; contribute to local communities’ capacity to conserve their surroundings using sustainable development approaches. You will gain Hands-on experience of working with local Ugandan communities striving to increase access to good energy solutions while making friends and exchanging cultural differences.
This placement is open to individuals of any background. However, the intern/Volunteer should be enthusiastic and self-driven and interested in capacity building. Interns /volunteers should have interest in renewable energy; Have good communication skills and able to take initiative; ready to be creative and innovative, and have a good command of spoken English. However, you will be required to submit a CV as well as go through a phone interview for the vetting process before your placement is confirmed.
General location information
The local community organization you will work with is called Access to Solar (ATS), a social enterprise organization. Its vision is avail access to good energy solutions in our societies and its mission is to enable communities’ access affordable, reliable, renewable technologies and conserve their surroundings through environmental awareness and promotions. ATS is located in Jinja town but its operational areas are rural communities in Jinja District. It is that sales solar products at subsidised credit.