PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka
A TEAM from Toyota Tsusho Corporation will this month visit Zambia to undertake feasibility studies for establishment of an off-grid energy solution pilot project.
In a statement issued yesterday by First Secretary for Press at the Zambian embassy in Japan Yotamu Mugara, Toyota Tsusho Corporation chief division officer Takashi Hattori said his company will travel to Zambia this month to assess the prospects of establishing the project.
Mr Hattori said an off-grid power solution will not only power communities but has an advantage of improving rural communities’ livelihoods.
He said his company has the technology, and through the use of solar and NAS batteries, this can help Zambia deal with the power deficit.
“Solar could be installed in a shorter period of time and it has low maintenance costs. The added advantage of installing power in rural areas is the improved quality of life and health,” Mr Hattori said.
He said his company, whose footprint is mainly in automotive, is also interested in empowering local people through the establishment of out-grower schemes.
Mr Hattori said Toyota is providing irrigation and training and hopes to increase yields by seven folds.
The company’s planned investment and trip to Zambia follow a meeting in May with officials from the Zambian Embassy in Tokyo, and a delegation from the Zambia Development Agency, Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines-Investment Holdings, and Lusaka South Multi-facility Economic Zone.