Rural Electrification Authority (REA) Corporate Affairs Manager Justine Mukosa has said its ongoing Sustainable Solar Marketing package Programme (SSMP) is likely to be completed by July this year.
The project which is being implemented under Trans Africa Supply Service (TASS was rolled out in 2016 and is aimed at promoting a radical shift towards a diversified culture in energy resource utilization in Zambia.
In an exclusive interview with the Business Mail newspapers Journalist Samuel Mbewe yesterday, Mr. Mukosa who indicated that the estimated cost allocated to complete the projects is K845 000.00, disclosed that the authority has since secured adequate funds to complete the project as planned.
“The estimated cost allocated to complete these projects is K 845 000.00 “SSMP project is expected to be completed in July 2017,” said Mukosa.
Mr. Mukosa noted that according to the project’s blueprint, the authority will install Solar panels in at least 28 schools and in 96 houses for staffs, three chiefs’ palaces, one local court, seven rural health Centres (RHCs) and 12 Human Rights Commission (HRC)’s staff houses in three Districts, namely Ikelengi District of North Western Province, Chama District of Muchinga Province and Lundazi District of Eastern Province.
“We will install Solar panels in at least 28 schools and in 96 houses for staffs, three chiefs’ palaces, one local court, seven rural health Centres (RHCs) and 12 Human Rights Commission (HRC)’s staff houses in three Districts” Mukosa said
This comes at a time when Zambia is grappling with efforts to come up with measures that may improve access to electricity to the rural populace which REA believes it is currently low.