The Government of Laos promotes the development of renewable energies as an important component of the national economic development to ensure energy security, sustain socio-economic development, and enhance environmental and social sustainability. The Renewable Energy Development Strategy in Laos was issued in 2011 and it aims to increase the share of renewable energies to 30% of the total energy consumption in 2025. The Theun Hinboun power plant was the first privately developed hydropower project in Laos and has served as a model for how Laos can utilise its hydropower potential in a sustainable way.
Uganda is endowed with abundant renewable energy potential from sources such as biomass, water, wind and the sun. The country generates more than 90% of its power from renewable sources, mainly hydro which contributes about 80% of the total energy mix. The Government, through its Vision 2040 national development strategy, has emphasised the harnessing and promotion of other renewable forms of energy (wind and solar) with the aim of combating climate change. The Government also aims to promote and/or implement rural electrification through grid extension and development of decentralised power supply systems to increase the population’s access to the national grid which currently stands at about 25%. The country’s Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) was the first auction programme for renewables in East Africa and was further reinforced by the Global Energy Transfer for FiT programme which has been successful in promoting implementation of renewable energy projects.