Government officials have confirmed that solar energy is to form an integral part of the Zambian rural electrification programme.

According to the Times of Zambia, the Energy and Water Development Deputy Minister, Gaston Sichilima said that the government welcome participation from the public sector to achieve the objectives of the rural electrification programme – namely improving the welfare of local peoples.

The government would support the development and promotion of solar technology, as importing of solar panels put solar systems out of reach for the average Zambian.

Additionally, the Government was reviewing the national energy policy to bring it in line with current demand and development objectives.