Robert Otala of Alaki Village in Soroti District about 300 kilometres northeast of the capital Kampala is seen checking on his solar panels that he uses for home purposes on December 12, 2016. 
Residents of the town, surrounded by thatched huts, rivers and grasslands, hope a new solar plant, which went into operation last week, will bring an end to their electricity woes. A USD 19 million (18-million euro), 33-acre solar plant -- the first of its kind in East Africa -- can produce 10 megawatts of power that is fed into Uganda's national power grid. The project is crucial as Uganda seeks new ways to bring electricity to the 80 percent of its 40 million-strong population that does not have access to power.  / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC KASAMANI
A resident of Alaki Village in Uganda checks on solar panels. Africa is facing a widening electricity gap, with half of the population having no access to power. AFP

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