By MAIMBOLWA MULIKELELA –
GOVERNMENT has completed a total of 19 grid extensions under the rural electrification projects in 2013 worth K134,907,471.46 representing 70.7 per cent aimed at delivering inclusive development particularly in the rural areas.
And a total of K5,306,243.50 solar energy projects were implemented in Eastern, North Western, Southern and Lusaka provinces.
Mines, Energy and Water Development Deputy Minister in charge of Energy Charles Zulu said the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) had completed 19 grid extension projects in 2013 amounting to more than K130 million.
In an interview in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Zulu said in the year under review, the Government through REA had completed the 60 kilowatts of power at Mpanta solar Mini-grid in Samfya District.
Mr Zulu said as at December 31, 2013, the REA completed grid extension at Masuku in Southern Province amounting to K9,083,532.89 and Sihole in Western province worth K12, 850,776.38.
Other projects completed include Kakulu in Central, Musa I in Northern, Chimbele/Kabangama in Muchinga, Mwanza Kasaka in Southern, Chanyanya in Lusaka, Chibondo in Luapula, Kanjenza in Eastern provinces and among others.
“As part of its work schedule for 2013, the authority also implemented 24 solar energy projects amounting to K5,306 million,” he said.
Mr Zulu said: “During the period under review, the actions and milestones accomplished were identified based on the objective and goals set out in the 2009-2013 Strategic Plan of the Rural Electrification Authority.”
He said REA installed solar at Kalongo Mwape Basic, Chief Kalonge Mwape, Ambo basic, Chief Nyalungwe, Nyalungwe basic,Kasamula basic Zemba basic school and RHC in Eastern provinces.
Other solar projects were carried out in Lusongwe RHC,Kashinakazhi basic school and RHC,Tomuyilunga basic school and RHC and Sayiunga RHC in North Western province worth K821,329.32.
The deputy minister said in Lusaka Province Chief Mphuka and Mbuluma were installed with solar energy, Kalunga RHC,Mphuka, Kavalamja Basic School and RHC and Chingombwe Basic School were also installed with the solar energy amounting to K805,742.54.
Mr Zulu said in Southern Province, the authority spent a total of K622 377.52 for the installation of solar energy in 2013.