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$30 million solar energy project stalls

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TRYNESS TEMBO, Lusaka
THE implementation of a solar energy project worth US$30 million in farm blocks has delayed due to inadequate information provision by

Government on the areas to be developed, Gridbow Engineers firm has said.
Early this year, Government granted Gridbow Engineers, a South African firm, the rights to supply affordable solar energy to farm blocks in Zambia worth US$30 million to meet the electricity demand.
The project is expected to be initially, implemented in Nansanga, Luena, Manshya and Lusiwasi farm blocks.
In response to a query on Tuesday, the company said the funders require certain key information to enable them proceed to the next stage of the project.
The response states that the information relating primarily, to the farm blocks have not yet been availed to the company.
“I am afraid the project has suffered some unforeseeable delays mainly due to lack of detailed information on the farm blocks from the government,” the company notes.
The company is hopeful that the information will be availed before close of the year so that the project can be implemented.
During the implementation of the project, Gridbow Engineers will partner with Government to supply power to the farm blocks through the Ministry of Agriculture.

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