Zambia, UK Sign Energy Africa Partnership Agreement

February 11, 2017
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By Dipo Olowookere

The UK and Zambia have signed an Energy Africa Partnership Agreement, announcing their commitment to accelerate the expansion of the household solar market across Zambia.

Speaking at the Signing ceremony at the Ministry of Energy in Lusaka on Thursday, Mr Bruce Lawson-McDowall, Head of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Zambia explained that the “signing of the Energy Africa Partnership Agreement demonstrates the UK’s willingness to support the Government of Zambia as it prioritises efforts to tackle the energy crisis.

“We recognise the challenges that Zambia is currently facing with the on-grid energy sector, and the opportunities this presents to unlock the potential of the household solar market.”

He said, “The Energy Africa campaign seeks to secure the policy commitments, technical assistance and financing needed to transform the energy access landscape.

“I believe that Achievement of Global Goal 7 (of access to affordable and clean energy), in Zambia and Africa more broadly, is essential to eliminating poverty and fostering sustainable and inclusive growth.”

The decreasing cost of solar panels, improvements in battery technology and energy efficiency, and the spread of mobile payment systems have together created a new opportunity for the household solar market – as businesses are already showing across the continent.

This agreement commits both parties to work together to harness this opportunity to increase access to electricity for all Zambians.

Mr Lawson-McDowall said that the UK is also supporting access to affordable clean energy through hydroelectric power projects such as the Western Power Ngonye Falls project in Western Province. He also stressed the need to create the right environment for effective private sector participation in the energy sector.

Dipo Olowookere

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

Mr Olowookere can be reached via [email protected]

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