WORLD BANK HANDS OVER SOLAR EQUIPMENT TO ZAMBIA

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The World Bank yesterday handed over equipment includes six solar meteorological and eight wind energy stations which worth US$3.6 million to the Ministry of Energy of Zambia.

The hand over is to assist in the identification of suitable points for solar and wind energy investments.

World Bank country representative Ina-Marlene Ruthenberg said that lack of accurate data has contributed to low investment in renewable sources of Energy thereby putting pressure on hydro-power generation.

She reiterated the need for Zambia to continue marketing its potential that is available in the renewable sector of energy away from the dominant hydropower electricity generation in order to have sufficient energy for national development.

Zambia is currently experiencing countrywide load-shedding due to the current hydro power shortages caused by low rainfall which has increased the use of renewable energy technologies.

Meanwhile, Energy Minister Mathew Nkhuwa says ZESCO has no intentions of load-shedding critical Institutions like health facilities and police stations.

So far, the government, through Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), has awarded the first 100 MW of 50MW each to two companies – Enel Green Power of Italy at a tariff of 7.84 US cents/KWh and Neoen/First Solar consortium at a tariff of 6.02 US cents/KWh.

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