The REA News

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.