Zambian Government has launched a $26.8 million dollar Electricity Service Access Project (ESAP) meant to increase electricity access in targeted rural areas of Zambia.
The 5 year project which was approved in 2017, will provide a connection of electricity to 22,000 low income households and 1,000 medium and Small Scale Enterprises in rural parts of the country. This part of Zambia’s vision 2030.
The project will benefit households, communities, businesses, public facilities and farmers located in rural areas, Minister of Energy Matthew Nkhuwa said.
Mr. Nkhuwa said the beneficiaries will be connected to electricity through the main grid, at a subsidized rate of ($20.9) K250.
The Minister added that people in more dispersed areas will benefit from the independent solar system, or from separate mini-grids.
The project has been funded by a financial credit, from the World Bank and will be complemented by the Rural Electrification Authority and ZESCO.