KABANDA CHULU, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has engaged the World Bank in developing the renewable energy resource map that will provide information to investors on location and quantities of the resources available.
Vice-President Inonge Wina said Government is addressing the challenges of inadequate energy supply and has since embarked on several projects to increase power generation capacity.
Mrs Wina said Zambia has learnt lessons from over-reliance on hydropower generation that impacted negatively on key economic sectors when the country experienced low rainfall in the previous season.
“The strategic focus for Zambia is increasing our generation capacity by diversifying sources of power generation to support economic growth. This country is endowed with renewable sources, which include biomass, solar, wind and geothermal but utilisation of renewable energy is still very low.
“In trying to address this, the Ministry of Energy in partnership with the World Bank is developing the renewable energy resource map with a focus on solar and wind. This will provide information to investors on location and quantities of the resources available,” Mrs Wina said, on the side lines at the just-ended Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference.
She said there is need for Zambia to scale up the utilisation of renewable energy to diversify the energy mix.
“A renewable energy feed in tariff strategy has been drafted awaiting final adoption. This strategy is critical as it will facilitate the development of a total of 200 megawatts from renewable energy sources over a three-year period,” Mrs Wina said.