How Much It Cost To Connect Electricity In Uganda

How Much It Cost To Connect Electricity In Uganda

The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) is in receipt of a Policy Directive from the Government of Uganda in line with Section 17 of the Electricity Act, 1999, Chapter 145 of the Laws of Uganda with respect to the implementation of the Electricity Connections Policy (ECP).

The Policy Directive notes that the Free Connections Policy has been implemented since November 2018 and has achieved close to the target of 300,000 New Connections Per Year.

It further notes that the high number of New Connections requires a correspondingly High Budget provision from Government which has become a challenge, especially under the COVID-19 Pandemic Conditions with many Competing Demands.

A Directive has, therefore, been issued to ensure that Electricity Connections Continue; especially for those who have the Ability and are Willing to pay for their Connections while maintaining the Free Connections Provision of the Electricity Connections Policy for members of the public willing to wait for the Government to mobilize resources.

Following the Policy Direction, ERA hereby informs the General Public of the Approved Costs that shall be Charged to Customers by the Electricity Distribution Licensees/Service Providers in respect of the different Connection Types as follows:

No Pole Single Phase Connection Cost

S/NOType of meteringCost (Ush.) 1Wired pre-paid split meter576,773 2Wireless Pre-paid split meter and PLC610,918 

No Pole Three-Phase Connection CostS/NOExisting NetworkType of metering Cost (Ush) 1Bare Conductor Time of use meter 2,031,325 2 Three-phase wired pre-paid split meter 2,882,288 3 Three-phase wireless pre-paid split meter 2,990,960 4kVA meter3,446,4975ABC Conductor Time of use meter 2,030,0836Three-phase wired pre-paid split meter2,881,0467 Three-phase wireless pre-paid split meter2,989,7198kVA meter3,445,256 

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One Pole Single Phase Connection CostS/NO Existing Network Conductor used for connection Type of metering 2020 Cost (Ush) 1Bare Conductor Bare Wired pre-paid split meter1,989,135 2 Wireless Pre-paid split meter & PLC2,023,281 3ABCWired pre-paid split meter2,308,019 4Wireless Pre-paid split meter & PLC2,342,1655ABC Conductor ABC Wired pre-paid split meter2,288,8966Wireless Pre-paid split meter & PLC2,323,041 

Standardized labor and transport costs.

Type of connectionLabour and transport standardized cost (Ush)Single-phase – No pole50,000Single-phase – 1 pole210,000Three-phase – No pole 90,000 

The Approved New Connection Cost is inclusive of Meter Test Fees of Ush 8,000 payable to Uganda National Bureau of Standards.

Inspection Fees Applicable: Ush 41,300.

ERA further Informs the General Public that:

All Licensed Electricity Distribution Companies have been directed to make Electricity Connections for Customers who have the Financial Capacity and willingness to pay for their connections at Regulated Connection Costs, Effective Monday, 7th December.

All Licensed Electricity Distribution Companies are directed to Publish the ERA-Approved Connection Costs to their Customers using customer appropriate platforms including visible charts in their various field offices.

The consumers who had earlier applied for Electricity Connection through the ECP shall be required to top up payment in line with the ERA-Approved New Connection Charges, and sign an Addendum to the Application consenting to ability and willingness to pay the cost-reflective connection charges to be connected to Power Supply.

Consumers who earlier Applied through the ECP but do not have capacity to top up payment in line with the ERA-Approved New Connection Charges are advised to wait until such a time when the Government has mobilized resources to finance the New Connections as guided by the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development in the Policy Directive.

Connections paid for by the consumers will be assigned identification codes to clearly differentiate them from the Free Connections.

Inquiries on Electricity Connections should be submitted to the Secretary to the Authority by email:, or or Here.

How can I get electricity connection in Uganda?

What you need to Get Connected

  1. APPLICATION & REGISTRATION. Apply Online. Pay inspection fees through our payment channels (Mobile money & banks)
  2. INSPECTION. Upon payment of inspection fees, our team will visit you for inspection.
  3. PAYMENT & CONNECTION. Upon successful inspection, You will pay connection fees.