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Ishasha Hydropower in Uganda

Images courtesy of the Government of Uganda

The Ishasha Small Hydropower project is a 6.4 MW renewable energy run-of-river project with an annual electricity production of 31,596 MWh. The project is located 500 meters below the border of Bwindi Forest National Park in the Kanungu District of Western Uganda. This project avoids the emission of c. 19,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.



1. Provides clean electricity.

2. Addresses a broad range of the SDGs.

1. Small-scale is a low footprint energy source.



1. A renewable source of energy.

2. No air pollution compared to fossil fuel alternatives.

This project does not have a direct impact on the oceans, check out these other projects that do: Eden, Plastic Bank.

This diagram shows the HALO for Ishasha Hydropower. The HALO demonstrates our assessment of the project's impact on sustainable livelihoods (H), air quality (A), biodiversity & land quality (L) and ocean quality (O). 

We select a portfolio of projects that demonstrate holistic climate action across the HALO. 

UN Sustainable Development Goals

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This diagram demonstrates how Ishasha Hydro prioritises different SDGs.



Why we like it

  • We like this project on account of the rarity of small-scale renewable energy projects in East Africa and the contribution Ishasha Hydropower makes to Uganda meeting many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Uganda is one of the poorest nations on earth, ranking 159th out of 189 countries in the UN Human Development Index. In rural Uganda only 58% of the population have access to any form of electricity; we like the relatively large positive impact on the quality of life this means a clean electricity source will have on the region. This also tackles SDGs 1 and 7 (No Poverty and Affordable and Clean Energy) which are metrics we also take into account.

  • Small scale hydropower is appropriate for Uganda as it localises energy production. This addresses the country’s energy deficit whilst avoiding many of the negative environmental, biodiversity and social impacts of large-scale hydropower.

  • The project scores well on our additionality assessment. Projects like Ishasha Hydropower, which generate employment and build critical infrastructure, might not be able to access finance without the support of carbon certificates. 

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