Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Zambia to triple power generation in two years with solar

Delegates are pictured during the launch event of a solar carport at the Garden City shopping mall in Kenya's capital NairobiBy Stella Mapenzauswa and Chris Mfula LUSAKA (Reuters) – Zambia expects to triple power output to 6,000 megawatts (MW) in 2 years through expansion of solar energy by foreign investors, the head of its investment agency said. Erratic electricity supplies have hit mining in the continent's second biggest copper producer, where the bulk of its generation capacity of 2,200 MW of power is water-powered. Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) Director General Patrick Chisanga said he had held "very positive" talks with an unnamed German company aiming to invest $500 million in a solar power plant but did not disclose its planned location.

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