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.
Deputy Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Charles Zulu said the lack of diversified electricity generation mechanisms has exposed the country to power shortages during the period of insufficient rainfall.
Mr. Zulu said government has seen it fit to collaborate with stakeholders to develop initiatives that will diversify the country’s electricity generation through investment in the energy sector and expand the electricity supply industry in order to reduce over dependence on hydroelectricity.
The Minister disclosed that government has also embarked on the preparation of the Renewable Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) policy to develop mechanisms to operationalize the policy on renewable energy.
Mr. Zulu also expressed gratitude to the to the United States government for the financial and technical support rendered to ERB in the development of the REFIT mechanisms.
The Minister said this during the Zambia Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) workshop held in Lusaka today.
And speaking earlier at the same event, United States Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz said Zambia has the capacity to produce enough energy due to the existence of abundant water resources.
Mr. Schultz said there is need for the private sector to collaborate with government to wisely utilize the resources to benefit Zambians and the region.
The US Ambassador said this in a speech read on his behalf by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Zambia Deputy Missions Director Patrick Diskin.
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.