Zambia’s New Legislation Will Pave Way for Private Sector Off-grid Solutions

  • Zambia’s Minister of Energy, Mr Mathew Nkhuwa, announced that his government is finalising a legislation that will allow for the private sector to participate in off-grid solutions through renewable energy.
  • The minister said the documentation on the new legislation was already with the justice ministry and that government was hopeful that it could be tabled in parliament soon.

The Zambian minister was speaking on the sidelines of an Investment Conference in Ethiopia organized by Renewable Energy for Africa Solutions, according to the press release.

Zambia, he added, has an opportunity to demonstrate that generating power by the private sector could be done at low tariffs. He further revealed that Zambia had invested in renewable energy projects such as solar, wind and hydro and that plans to diversify power generation has advanced.

GET FiT Zambia has announced the winning bidders for six solar PV IPP projects totalling 120MW. The lowest successful bid came in at 3.999 USc/kWh and the weighted average of all six successful projects is 4.41 USc/kWh1.  This is the first time a tariff below 4 USc/kWh is achieved through a public tender in Sub Saharan Africa. Read more

Enel Green Power (EGP), a subsidiary of Italian power giant Enel, recently commissioned the  34MW Ngonye solar PV plant in Zambia. Read more

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