The REA News


A five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at fostering economic growth in rural areas through increased access to electricity between the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) and the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) has been signed.

In this partnership:

  • REA will offer provision of electricity infrastructure in rural areas with potential investment in order to attract private investors
  • REA will provide matching grants for electricity connections to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME)
  • REA will offer smart subsidies to developers for capital costs on projects
  • REA will facilitate for CEEC to undertake entrepreneurship training programs in REA project areas
  • REA will provide technical assistance for evaluation of solicited and unsolicited project proposals in the energy sector where possible
  • REA and CEEC will jointly develop and implement appropriate information programmes on selected projects
  • CEEC will promote broad based economic empowerment for citizens in the targeted industrial yards
  • CEEC will also recommend potential areas to REA for consideration and electricity connection

It is envisaged that this historic MoU will help accelerate the uptake of electricity in rural communities and foster economic emancipation through productive uses without leaving any one behind.

The Government of Zambia through the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) and ZESCO have officially launched the Electricity Service Access Project (ESAP) in an effort to increase the electricity access rate in rural areas.

Speaking during the launch, Minister of Energy Matthew Nkhuwa said the World Bank approved a credit facility of US $26.5 million to scale up the rural electrification programme in eight (8) provinces across the country.
World Bank Country Manager Ina Ruthenburg said one billion people around the world do not have access to electricity and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa such as Zambia lag behind in development due to lack of access electricity.
The ESAP project is expected to connect 22 000 rural households and 1000 Medium to Small Enterprises (MSEs) by 2022 at a subsidised fee of K250 and K769 respectively through ZESCO.

Prior to its official launch, the ESAP project has so far connected 6,000 beneficiaries. The five (5) year project is being implemented in Northern, Luapula, Copperbelt, North Western, Eastern, Southern, Muchinga, Central and Western Provinces.

Over 3000 households have been connected to electricity through the Electricity Services Access Project (ESAP) in an effort to increase the access rate in rural areas. The ESAP project is a World Bank funded program targeted at connecting 22 000 rural households and 1000 Medium and Small scale Enterprises (MSEs) by 2022 at a subsidised fee of K250 and K769 respectively through ZESCO.

Construction works on the 0.64 megawatts Kasanjiku Mini Hydro Power Station in Mwinilunga District has reached 95 per cent completion.

Speaking during his site inspection of the power station, Rural Electrification Authority (REA) Chief Executive Officer Pastor Geoffrey Musonda said he was proud of works done on the project. Pastor Musonda expressed optimism that the project will start providing power once completed in December 2018.

"We are proud of the 95 per cent construction works that have been done on the power station. Therefore, we are set to begin supplying power by December 2018 as planned," he said.