(ZNBC)-ZESCO Limited says it is working on setting up solar plants across the country to produce 800 megawatts of electricity.
ZESCO National Spokesperson HENRY KAPATA says this is in line with President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA’s directive for the power utility company to go for alternative sources of energy.
Mr. KAPATA says a 250 megawatts solar plant will be constructed by ZESCO alone and another 250 megawatts will be given to which ever company wants to partner with the firm while the other part will be done by any independent power producer.
He says ZESCO Limited has realised that there are regions that are conducive for solar projects especially in drought prone areas of Southern, Luapula and Western Provinces.
And Mr. KAPATA has disclosed that the company is also looking at putting up 500 megawatts of wind energy in provinces that are suitable for the project.
He adds that two projects will soon be implemented to help cushion the challenge of hydro power generation being experienced in the country.
Mr. KAPATA said a 1200 megawatts project is being explored on the Luapula river in collaboration with the Democratic Republic of Congo while 2400 megawatts of hydro power station with Zimbabwe will be constructed in Southern Province.