The department of solar PV designs programs to promote and implement projects using solar power, both at household and institutional levels. Small scale solar PV, or solar lamps and torches, provide simple and relatively inexpensive means to implement solar technology and to avoid the use of kerosene lamps. Air pollution within the household can decrease with the decreased use of kerosene, and money previously used for daily fuel purchases for kerosene lamps is made available for other expenditures or savings.
CREEC, now a GOGLA member, is running various activities dealing with solar PV. Steadily pushing to expand its services, a Test Catalogue was recently published by CREEC`s solar laboratory to provide local and regional organizations with the possibility of testing their products at an affordable rate. Ongoing work includes testing solar modules, batteries, lamps and pico-PV products for quality assurance for different solar companies. Based on the experience of a Solar Energy Kiosk, established at the end of 2012 and successfully running to date, CREEC is working on the launch of another Lamp Kiosk in an adjusted setting. Originally established as a feasibility study, the Solar Energy Kiosk now also serves as a Field Laboratory, which gives especially solar lamp manufacturers and distributors the possibility to test their products under actual African field conditions. The high need for testing services was already clearly underlined by the first field test results: within the first six months of operation, 20 % of the solar lamps used in the Solar Energy Kiosk, all Lighting Africa certified, failed.
Within the area of consultancy, the data collection for a study about the Development Stage of the Ugandan Solar Market, carried out for GIZ, is in itsfinal phase. CREEC visited more than 65 Ugandan solar companies and got in contact with selected governmental bodies. The experience CREEC gained over the last years clearly showed again that there is a lack of communication within the solar sector. Therefore, CREEC is initiating the Solar Forum Uganda to link the different players of the Ugandan solar market. The first forum will be held on the March 14, 2014 with the theme “Relevance of solar products quality – quality makes business”.
CREEC is in the process of establishing a laboratory quality management system for the two testing labs and accreditation under the ISO/IEC 17025 standard. Mechanisms of collaboration for the lab facilities are under discussion with the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) following a visit to and subsequent training of CREEC staff on ISO/IEC 17025. A commitment document is being drawn to enhance this collaboration.
The Solar Research Centre at CREEC is equipped with solar panels and runs entirely on this energy source. The panels were installed during a training that was organized involving various German suppliers of solar equipment.
Under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), CREEC is developing a training program for technicians of companies intending to roll-out their activities to rural areas.
In addition to awareness creation and training, CREEC uses its state-of-the-art solar PV laboratory to test various types of solar PV equipment ranging from panels and converters to lamps. Visit Our Services page to learn how the work in our solar lab can benefit manufacturers and distributors of solar PV products across Uganda.
See the links below for a summary of our projects:
Head of Solar PV