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PMRC CALLS FOR INCREASED OFF-GRID POWER SUPPLY

ZAMBIA’S policy think-tank Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC ) says Zambia still has huge potential to provide off-grid power supply that should thrive on solar energy.

The think-tank centre notes that the country can reduce pressure on hydro-electricity if off-grid solar energy is well embraced as a future intervention to increasing demand for electricity.

Meanwhile, the Policy Monitoring and Research notes with great concern the continued electricity shortages when the country is favourably exposed to good weather conditions for solar energy.

Reacting to the presidential remarks on the steady progress being made in ensuring Zambians have access to electricity, water and sanitation, PMRC executive director Bernadette Deka Zulu observes that the dry spell Zambia experienced has left the country encountering huge electricity shortages.

The think-tank centre, therefore recommends that the future interventions to increase access to electricity especially for rural Zambia should focus on off-grid solar power.

“The President also provided updates on the steady progress made in ensuring that all people have access to electricity, water and sanitation. PMRC notes the dry spell that left the country grappling with huge electricity shortages as hydro-electricity from the country’s three major dams Victoria, Kafue and Kariba accounts for a significant share of the national grid supply,” Mrs. Zulu said.

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Written by Alfonso Kasongo

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