The clients of CREEC are very diverse: national and local government, donor organizations, NGOs, private sector and students. In 2017, the centre based on her experience in implementing renewable energy projects was identified as an implementing partner for the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREE). CREEC has actively worked with several national and global renewable energy associations like Uganda Solar Energy Associations (USEA), Uganda National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Association, Biomass Energy Efficient Technologies Association (BEETA), Global Alliance for Clean Cooking, Uganda National Biogas Association, Hydro Power Association Uganda and Uganda Wind Power Association. The centre has signed MoU’s with Uganda National Meteorological Authority, Uganda Electricity generation Company Ltd to collaborate on relevant research for sectoral development CREEC is a member of the national cross sector advisory committee for Scaling off Grid Energy (SOGE).
CREEC’s partnerships with government have enabled CREEC to stand out as a key contributor to standards and quality assurance for renewable energy products like improved cookstoves and solar PV products. CREEC is recognized under the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) in accordance with the ISO 17025 quality management system for its two testing facilities where over 150 renewable energy models have been tested. CREEC sits on national and international standards committees and directly contributes to the overall national testing standards for Uganda. The centre enjoys strong support and increasing recognition from both international (African, Asian and European universities and research institutions, GIZ, Clean Cooking Alliance, UNIDO, UNDP, UNCDF, World Bank and WWF, UNOPS, University of Leeds, the Royal Society, DFID, Horizont 3000, European Union, UNHCR and national (College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Private Sector Foundation Uganda, various local NGOs and private sector businesses) organizations.
Furthermore, the centre has an active cooperation with Weltwaerts, a volunteer service of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development that places young people (age 18-28) in organizations in developing countries to gain experience and share knowledge abroad. Three young Germans have been able to get experience working in Uganda with CREEC so far. Furthermore, CREEC has hosted students from the USA, Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Germany under sponsorships, research grants and exchange programs. The centre almost continuously hosts students from Makerere University and other educational institutions for their internships, industrial trainings or final-year projects.