The Copperbelt Energy Corporation, in collaboration with the German government, setup the first ever solar plant at the Copperbelt University.
During the launch, energy minister Matthew Nkhuwa said the solar plant would power up thousands of households in the country.
He said the one mega watt solar plant would help reduce the energy deficiency being experienced in the country.
Nkhuwa said the renewable solar plant would also be a training ground for students at CBU and neighbouring countries, thereby offering skills and employment to the public.
He said the solar plant would make CBU a renewable energy hub and a school of excellence.
Nkhuwa said Zambia would export valuable skills to the region in the not so distant future.
He said the government was keen to see the generation of electricity at cost-effective and affordable rates.