Based on careful market research and the SEU's past experience and understanding that access to light is a basic need similar to that of food, water or clothing, in the first year of the Village Power Program SEU installed 1,000 solar systems in some of the poorest and most remote households in Uganda. SEU aims to install 300,000 of these systems by 2012. Various partners like USADF and E&Co have joined Solar Energy Uganda in this program with over $500,000.
SAPFAV is focusing on proving equipment for Village Power Program.
Solar Energy Uganda's Village Power Project is an ambitious and commendable program to provide solar electrification to people living in some of the most remote and rural areas. This project supports the 'poorest of the poor' by customizing the solar power solutions offered to meet the budgets and needs of the recipients. The solar systems that are most commonly installed under the Village Power Project consist of a 10-watt solar panel capable of powering a single light bulb, cell phone charging and a small radio in each home or small business. These solar systems replace the traditional kerosene lamps, being used by these villagers that provide poor light and are harmful to their health. The cost for these systems is made manageable through a financing mechanism that SEU has created called the Solar Bank that enables the villagers to make installment payments over a 6-12 month period after an initial deposit has been made.