The Zambian government says it is doing everything possible to develop a diversified renewable energy sector that will play a pivotal role in the provision of alternative sources of power in the country.
Charles Zulu, Zambia’s Deputy Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, said the lack of diversified electricity generation mechanisms has exposed the country to power shortages during the period of insufficient rainfall.
Mr Zulu, speaking at the Zambia Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) workshop held in Lusaka on Tuesday, said: “Government welcomes the use of renewable energy and remains committed to collaborate with anyone who will develop initiatives that will diversify the country’s electricity generation and increase available power capacity.”
“We remain committed to expanding the electricity supply industry while reducing the overdependence on hydro-electricity,” Zulu added.
According to Lusaka times, the Minister said that the government has also embarked on the preparation of the Renewable Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) policy to develop mechanisms to operationalise the policy on renewable energy. The mechanisms will be designed to accelerate investment in alternative energy technologies.
The Executive Director of Zambia’s Energy Regulation Board (ERB), Langiwe Lungu, said the implementation of the initiative will help boost social and economic activities, especially in rural areas.
“We will actually increase access to rural areas with this policy and reduce on issues to do with climate change and of course attract more private sector investment in renewal energies,” Ms Lungu said.
Zambia Daily Mail reports that the draft REFIT Policy has been developed with the aim of lowering the barriers for increased private sector involvement in renewable energy power generation while in the short-term, help increase power generation through private sector investments in renewable energy among others.
The adoption of an effective REFIT policy and finalization of the REFIT regulations will enable the Zambian Government to buy renewable energy from small-scale independent power producers at predominant prices to meet the high energy demand by the public.