According to Zambia’s energy minister, David Mabumba, investment in the energy sector by government with support from stakeholders through a Public Private Partnership initiative has positively reduced power outages.
In an interview with The Times of Zambia, Mabumba said the country is on course to transform the current power deficit into surplus owing to substantial progress being achieved in upgrading and setting up new hydropower stations and solar plants.
“The rate at which we are moving as government in the area of increasing power generation capacity is commendable. The country is already yielding positive results of a reduction in power outages due to new investment in the energy sector,” the minister said.
Mabumba said two hydropower stations namely Musonda and Lusiwasi, were earmarked for completion this year, and is pleased with the progress recorded in other ongoing projects such as Kafue Gorge Lower hydropower station.
About 99% of the country’s power production has been from hydro mainly from reservoirs of two main hydropower stations, namely the Kariba and Itezhi-Tezhi dams. Read more…
However, Mabumba told the media that the country is significantly moving away from depending on hydro for power generation owing to a number of projects such as investment in grid solar plants.
With regards to the adoption of other renewables, last year Zambia a 100MW solar power project at Lusaka South Multi-facility Economic Zone.
This was the first phase of the 600MW solar power project to be implemented at a total cost of $1.2 billion.
Zambia is the first country in Africa to implement the scaling solar model and the projects are aimed at providing competitively priced, clean power that will reduce the country’s dependence on hydro resources.
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