Economic viability of biogas energy production from family-sized digesters in Uganda

Biogas energy is being evaluated to augment traditional energy sources in Uganda. However, its development remains rudimentary partly because of the lack of information regarding its economic viability. Based on primary data on households in Central and Eastern Uganda and the use of three economic decision criteria; Payback period, Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return, this study assessed the economic viability of biogas energy production in Uganda. Empirical results showed that biogas energy production was economically viable. Policy options that could bolster the economic viability of biogas energy production in Uganda have been highlighted.
L’énergie du biogaz est en cours d’évaluation afin d’augmenter les sources d’énergie traditionnelles en Ouganda. Cependant, son développement reste en partie embryonnaire à cause du manque d’informations quant à sa viabilité économique. Sur la base de données primaires des ménages en Ouganda central et oriental et en utilisant les trois critères de décision économique (la période de remboursement, la valeur actuelle nette et le taux de bénéfice interne), cette étude a évalué la viabilité économique de la production d’énergie du biogaz en Ouganda. Les résultats empiriques ont montré que la production d’énergie du biogaz était économiquement viable. Les options politiques qui pourraient soutenir la viabilité économique de la production d’énergie du biogaz en Ouganda ont été mises en évidence.
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