35 000 connections were achieved as at mid-August 2021 under the Electricity Service Access Project (ESAP), Rural Electrification Authority Director Engineering Services Dr. Patrick Mubanga has said.

Dr. Mubanga was speaking when he visited Buleya Malima Area in Sinazongwe District to check on how the community was engaging in productive uses of electricity in the area as a result of the subsidy introduced under the Electricity Supply Access Project.

The project which targets for low-income households and medium and small-scale enterprises was being implemented between Rural Electrification Authority and Zesco Limited with support from the World Bank.

The Rural Electrification Authority has partnered with the Mongu Central Constituency Development Committee (CDC) to electrify Liungu Primary School in Mongu Dustrict Western Province.

The project will be implemented through the joint collaboration between REA and the Constituency Development Committee (CDC) under Mongu Central Constituency. CDC approved the sum of ZMW 102, 000 under the Constituency Development Funds to be used towards the electrification of Liunga Primary School.

REA Director Engineering Services (DES) Dr. Patrick Mubanga visited Liunga Primary School in Mongu to familiarize himself and commit to the collaboration.

As part of fulfilment of the commitment community through CDC has since procured and delivered part of the line gear worth K102,000 while REA will contribute K618,000 towards the project.

“Despite operating a grocery shop and a restaurant in Salamano Village for 20 years, my business has barely grown due to lack electricity. I have had to bring ice blocks to cool the beverages that I sale at a high cost due to transportation and packaging costs”, laments Ireen Phiri a trader at Salamano Market in Salamano Village.

The plight of Ireen Phiri and fellow traders and residents of Salamano Village will soon be addressed due to the imminent programme to connect Salamamo Village to the national electricity grid under the Rural Electrification Authority 2021 work plan.

This follows handover of site to contractor by the Rural Electrification Authority which was officiated by Director Engineering Services Dr. Patrick Mubanga.

Government has launched the Off Grid Solar Publicity and Information Dissemination Strategy for the Rural Electrification Authority.

The strategy which was developed by the African Clean Energy – Technical Assistance Facility (ACE-TAF) aims at helping REA and other players in the solar energy space to accelerate and promote the uptake of off-grid solar solutions in Zambia.

Speaking on behalf of government, Ministry of Energy Permanent Secretary who represented by Director for the Department of Energy Eng. Arnold Simwaba thanked the ACE-TAF for its commitment towards developing the strategic communication document.

Rural Electrification Authority’s partnership with Standard Micro Grid Zambia Limited has been listed among finalists for the 2021 P3 Impact Award.

The finalists were announced by the Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, Concordia, and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society.

The coveted Award recognizes exemplary public-private partnerships (P3s) that provide solutions to pressing issues in areas such as promoting an equitable economic recovery from COVID-19, improving access to education and quality healthcare, and utilizing emerging technology to improve lives while tackling the climate crisis.

NTU International is happy to announce that one of the beneficiary companies, Standard Microgrid Initiatives Limited (SMZ) under the contract “Capacity Building for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency – Feasibility Studies and Demonstration Projects” funded by the European Union Development Fund and overseen by the National Authoring Office in Zambia, have fulfilled all the preapproval requirements for grant effectivity and has been given the greenlight to begin implementation.

The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) is the Implementing Agent and with NTU will support and monitor the development of the Demo Project. This Demo Project will ensure energy access to 130,500 people and will change their lives.

President Edgar Lungu has hailed the electrification of newly created districts around the country. The Republican President said such projects have led to significant development in most newly created rural districts.

Speaking during the official commissioning of the 150 Mega Watts Kafue Gorge Lower Power Station in Chikankata District, President Lungu said provision of reliable electricity in rural areas was key to creating opportunities for development and uplifting living standards of the people.

The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has completed the electrification of Kampekete Village and a Community School under a pilot project which has utilized excess 5kW power from Chitumba Solar Milling Plant.

Through this project, 70 households have been connected to an off grid Solar Mini Grid Plant. Standard Microgrid Initiatives Limited was contracted by the Authority to implement the project on its behalf and has since delivered the project within the contract period.