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Zesco sets up solar plant at National Assembly

NKOLE MULAMBIA, Lusaka
ZESCO has commissioned a mini solar plant at the National Assembly at a cost of US$372,888 to mitigate the impact of power deficit.
The lights at Parliament building together with power for public address system and emergency lights in Parliament chamber are being supplied by mini solar power plants which the firm has installed.
Zesco managing director Cyprian Chitundu said setting up the solar plant at Parliament building is part of the firm’s diversification plan to provide alternative supply to hydropower.
“As an organisation committed to meeting customer needs and expectations, amid numerous challenges, we have been exploring a number of solutions in mitigating the impact of the power deficit by providing solutions aimed at increasing generation capacity, and promoting energy efficiency to cater for the growing demand.
“This is in line with the Government’s resolve to increase access to electricity in the country,” Mr Chitundu said.
He was speaking during the official commissioning and handover of the mini solar plant to National Assembly in Lusaka yesterday.
Mr Chitundu further said the project is also a demonstration of ownership in championing energy efficiency, conservation and harnessing other renewable energy sources.
He thanked customers for support in the firm’s quest to promote a culture of energy efficiency and conservation.
Meanwhile, deputy chairperson of committees of the whole House, Chifumu Banda, commended Zesco for the successful implementation of the project as it signifies a key milestone in improving services at Parliament.
The pilot project comprised installation of two by 25 kilo watts mini solar plants, complete with solar panels, batteries, inverters, charge controllers and automatic change over switches.



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