Ferdsult managed projects
WSS in Kalanagala Ngoma Wenreco
Under this agreement, Umeme takes over the distribution network built outside the authorized territory of Umeme. Umeme has been involved in the project implementation and also participated in the pre-commissioning test of Namayemba â€“ Namutere on 27th February 2009. The electricity cooperative model was initiated 2007 as a strategy to encourage people in rural areas to utilize electricity as a means of enhancing the quality of their lives.
REA has endeavored to introduce the model to rural areas that other investors wouldn't or have not served. It is therefore hope that several farmers, small industries, businesses and other rural dwellers will have access to electricity at a reasonable cost. The cooperative model, though in its infant stages, is operational in the districts of Bundibugyo and Pader through Bundibugyo Electric Cooperative Society (BECS) and Pader Abim Community Multi-purpose Electricity Cooperative Society (PACMECS).
The model is supported by Sida. In both districts the cooperative have been set up and they are operating under interim boards whose responsibilities include mobilizing people to buy shares in the cooperative and pay for connection. The recruitment of members has however been slow due to several reasons. Some of the reasons are that people are waiting for project completion before they can register. Both cooperatives are adopting a prepaid meter system which will enable each user manage his or her power usage better. This saves them from the current metering system that simply estimates usage and people are billed later.
With Technical Assistance from the Swedish International Development Cooperation (Sida), REA has been in position to help the setting up of these electricity cooperatives. So far some of the activities include:-
I.Develop a draft business plan
II.Setting up interim boards to give policy guidelines to the electricity cooperative management
III.Training in financial and accountability management
IV.Established bylaws for the electricity cooperatives
V. Training in governance
In addition to the above, BECS has carried staff recruitment and applied for a licence from Electricity Regulatory Authority and for PACMECS, staff recruitment is ongoing