Scaling-Up Solar Program

Scaling-Up Solar Program: The Government of the Republic of Zambia, with support from the World Bank, is implementing a scaling up solar program to address the current hydro power shortages caused by low rainfall through active promotion and increased use of renewable energy technologies. The Government of the Republic of Zambia intends to develop at least 600MW of solar power and anticipates that the first two projects, with a combined initial target capacity of 100MW, will create the opportunity for subsequent expansion and the rapid scale-up in renewable energy generation capacity in Zambia. So far the government through IDC has awarded the first 100 MW of 50MW each to two companies, that is, Enel Green Power of Italy at a tariff of 7.84 Us cents/KWh and Neoen/First Solar consotium at a tariff of 6.02 US cents/KWh. The scaling solar will contribute to attainment of the SE4All goal of doubling the share of renewable energy in the energy mix.