The REA News

The Rural Electrification Authority has signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) which will enable the two parties to make use of the electricity generation resource from Solar Milling plants that already exist across the country. The signing ceremony was held on Thursday, 12th December, 2019 in Lusaka.

ZCF has to-date installed over 1,500 Solar Milling Plants which generate up to 15kW of electricity per plant. To date, each milling machine uses only up to 7.5kw for maize meal grinding purposes. This therefore leaves 7.5kW unutilized, which translates to a capacity of about 12 Megawatts of unutilized electricity across the country.

Using the excess power generation capacity, REA in collaboration with ZCF and respective Cooperatives, will develop and design site-specific technical solutions that will ensure proper utilisation of excess solar energy from the solar milling plants. These solutions will include development of distribution lines to evacuate the excess electricity from the solar milling plants to the targeted beneficiaries; development of energy storage solutions for the excess electricity; as well as providing technical support in undertaking the environmental impact assessments for all the plant sites.

The ultimate goal for this collaboration is to unlocking the potential by milling plants to provide other value added services such as lighting, water pumping, irrigation, entertainment, telecommunication, internet and banking services. These services will enable communities around the plants to engage in productive uses of electricity that allow them to generate income which will in turn transform their living standards.

The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has completed the construction of its first ever 0.64MW Mini Hydro Power Station at a cost of $8.6 million.

The project will electrify 11 schools,1 mission hosiptal,4 Rural Health Centres,1 Local Court and 1 Chief's Palace.

REA Manager Corporate Affairs Justin Mukosa says the Authority is excited to successfully implement an off grid technology project that will alleviate energy needs in the country.

"We are delighted to complete the construction of the Kasanjiku project because it is going to improve the quality of life for over 12,000 people and also highlight the massive potential that lies in the Northern Region of Zambia for electricity generation using mini hydro technology," he said.

The Kasanjiku project has been built on the Kasanjiku river in Mwinilunga District in North Western Province.

Government through the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has transferred Thirteen (13) Grid Extension Projects (GEPs) worth 47.4 million to ZESCO for onward operation and maintainence. The Authority has also transferred solar projects valued at K23.7 to the Ministry of Education and K1.3 million to the Ministry of Health.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Rural Electrification Authority Clement Chiwele said REA will continue to electrify rural areas in Zambia to ensure that more rural communities have access to electricity.

Acting ZESCO Managing Director said the transfer of the 13 projects are great milestone as they will stimulate various economic activities in rural areas.

General Education Permanent Secretary Jobbicks Kalumba commended REA and ZESCO for their commitment to improving the quality of life for rural schools and rural health centres by investing in electricity infrastructure.


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.