AFRICA/ZAMBIA - Challenge for green and cheap electricity

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 environment  


Pemba (Agenzia Fides) - There are about 645 million Africans without electricity which, among other things, prevents them from carrying out any form of economic activities. Electricity is the main challenge for the people of Pemba District.
Due to poor rainfall, there has not been enough water for maximum generation at the country’s main hydropower plants. Although seasonal rains have slightly replenished the reservoir, it remained only 17 percent full, compared to 49 percent last year.
And refilling the lake requires a series of healthy rainy seasons coupled with a moderation of output from the power plant.
According to available statistics, it is estimated that 138 million poor households spend 10 billion dollars annually on energy-related products, such as charcoal, candles, kerosene and firewood. Through the Scaling Solar Program, the country looks to plug the gaping supply deficit with up to 600 MW of solar power, of which 100 MW is already under construction. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 28/06/2016)