By Mayimuna Nabagereka via UAH Facebook

I have been asking my friends why Makerere,IUIU, Mbarara Universities have not made the transition to solar energy. A nation cannot run its business on generators. Since hydropower really isnt enough for us, and as the technology for converting solar energy becomes more and more available, it would make sense for institutions such as Universities to lead the way in energy independence.

Which of our Universities has made any significant mark in the cure or treatment of malaria and sickle cell? Universities lead innovation and even commercialise such innovations. While I do not expect our Universities to reinvent the wheel;they can make it spin just a little faster.

Government institutions can follow; businesses know reliance on diesel is unreliable: it is in the final analysis unsustainable in the long term. In fact the running cost after a while will become more expensive than solar energy, which’s cost is mostly front loaded. All these over time will leave hydropower largely for domestic use. There is no mystery to energy independence. The technology for generating electrical power is now one of the oldest in human civilization. It must be decentralized and diversified. All we need is serious-minded people!

The nuclear destruction of the Fukushima plant in Japan in 2011 got the country thinking of alternatives and solar fields were planted.


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