Frequently Asked Questions

What does the REA do

The REA is mandated by an Act of Parliament to provide electricity infrastructure in rural areas of Zambia.

The Act provides for the establishment of the Rural Electrification Fund (REF) which consists of money appropriated by Parliament on an annual basis, through the electricity levy and grants, loans and donations.

REA is a grant aided non-profit making organization that was created solely to provide electricity infrastructure to rural areas and ZESCO is a profit making company registered under the Companies Act. It concentrates on provision of power to the urban areas and other profitable areas.

Though REA extends the national grid as well and stretches the power capacity, the power demand is being met through other means such as Solar Home Systems (SHS), mini hydro power stations and other technologies

REA is promoting the development of mini - hydro power stations to enhance the generation capacity. Other measures are to develop solar mini grids and biomass power stations.

The Rural Electrification Master Plan (REMP) is the blueprint, guideline and strategy on how the REA will execute and implement its programs to achieve the desired goals. It gives a costed program that will be executed by the year 2030.

A Rural Growth Center (RGC) is a social or/and economic focal point that has the potential to grow once the infrastructure is connected to power. An RGC may comprise schools, clinics, storage sheds, markets and police posts. 1,217 RGCs are earmarked for electrification between now and the year 2030 in the REMP

A power demand criteria has been used to identify RGCs. The demand criterion prioritizes on the basis of projected power demand depending on the facilities available at the RGC.

1,217 RGCs are earmarked for electrification between 2008 and the year 2030 in the REMP.

Yes, REA officers are educating and sensitising the intended beneficiaries in the rural areas on REA programs as well as on how to safeguard the infrastructure against vandalism, how to effectively install the internal wiring and on productive uses of power.

Electricity is the back bone and driving force of any productive economy and rural electrification presents an opportunity to boost various economic activities in Zambia such as agriculture, commerce and small scale industries. With the advent of electricity REA therefore, expects the beneficiaries to enjoy improved living standards, medical care, agricultural production among others as well as exploit diverse productive business ventures as well.

Zambia has great hydro and Solar energy potential and vast land to facilitate plantations for development of Biomass gasification power plants.

The gasification technology uses biomass waste  material as feedstock to a gasifier that produces a gas which is then refined and fed into a power engine to produce electricity.

REA would need approximately Fifty Million United States Dollars (US$50, 000, 000) annually, between 2008 and 2030 to achieve the goal of making electricity available to all rural areas by the year 2030.

The REA is promoting the development of stand alone or isolated mini - hydro, solar mini grid power stations and other renewable energy sources to enhance the generation capacity.

The beneficiary community (private households/entities) are expected to take advantage of the infrastructure, and connect to electricity through ZESCO

Electricity is the backbone and driving force of any productive economy and rural electrification presents an opportunity to boost various economic activities in Zambia such as agriculture, commerce and small scale industries. Therefore, with the advent of electricity REA expects the beneficiaries to enjoy improved living standards, medical care, agricultural production among others as well as exploit diverse productive business ventures as well.

Zambia's electricity access rate in the rural areas currently stands at about 5%. REA intends to increase it to almost 51% by the year 2030.

The initial targets are public institutions and the beneficiary communities are expected to connect to the infrastructure.

Contact us for clarifications

If you still have questions or we have not answered your questions at all, please contact us on the numbers below or come in person to our offices. We are more than happy to attend to you!

  •  Phone: 260-211-241296/98
  •  Cell: 260 977 640 740, 260 966 862 081
  •  Fax: 260 211 241301
  •  Email: info@rea.org.zm