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ZESCO appeals to the private sector to venture in alternative energy sources

Economy ZESCO appeals to the private sector to venture in alternative energy sources

ZESCO Limited officials inspect the waters at Lake Kariba where the utility firm generates power
ZESCO Limited officials inspect the waters at Lake Kariba where the utility firm generates power

The Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) has urged the private sector and members of the public to venture into alternative energy sources such as the Solar panels, generators and thermal energy to meet their electricity deficit.

And the power utility firm has appealed to the private sector and members of the public to continue conserving power in view of the low water levels which has led to load shedding.

ZESCO spokesperson, Henry Kapata said the corporation was exploring and creating alternate energy sources to prepare for the hot season where water levels are expected to further reduce.

Mr. Kapata told ZANIS in a telephone interview that the rationing of electricity will not stop until the water levels increase.

He said water levels are likely to upsurge by the end of 2015 after the rain season.

Mr. Kapata said ZESCO is importing electricity from Mozambique in addition to the thermal energy the power utility company buys from Mamba collieries.

He explained that ZESCO is currently constructing a 330KV transmission line from Mamba to Muzuma in Choma District to feed the national grid.

Mr Kapata said ZESCO has not been cutting power supply to essential departments and installation such as hospitals and other sensitive sectors.

ZESCO has been rationing power following the low water levels at the Kariba Dam following low rainfall experienced in the country.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Ba Chimbwi No Plan….CNP. You have messed up our company zesco. Be prepapred to pack your bags come 2016. Useless idi0ts.

  2. Zambian electric power industry had so much potential 40 years ago. So much potential. What a waste. What a country.

  3. When all is said and done, there’s more said than done! That is the plight of our nation at the moment.

  4. Instead of encouraging companies to invest in commercial solar power and then paying them to supplement the national grid like what you are doing importing from Mozambique at competitive long term rates and not when for the short term whilst you are in problems….corporations are filled with useless people ZESCO itsself should have cornered this market years ago but was sleeping as usual.

  5. So Mr. Kapata why is it that this power rationing is so unfair? Some people get 3 hrs, some 5 hrs and some have 8-10 hrs a day? How do you decide how long each area wil suffer? The time of load shedding is too long to sustain businesses. Are you aware that small businesses are losing down because they cannot stay open for 10 hrs with no business. Workers still have to be paid! Crime is on the rise!

  6. So Mr. Kapata why is it that this power rationing is so unfair? Some people get 3 hrs, some 5 hrs and some have 8-10 hrs a day? How do you decide how long each area wil suffer? The time of load shedding is too long to sustain businesses. Are you aware that small businesses are losing down because they cannot stay open for 10 hrs with no business. Workers still have to be paid! Crime is on the rise!
    With the massive drop in revenue how is overstaffed ZESCO managing to pay workers?

  7. There is nothing like water levels, look at the past 40 years we have never experienced this mess.They just have to say that the machines aren’t working properly and they cost a lot to be replaced.
    Don’t think we are ignorant stupid company.

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