The Off-Grid Energy Task Force

The Off-Grid Energy Task Force

The Off-Grid Energy Task Force meets regularly, and has thus far established working groups committed to:
  • Clarifying and improving import regulations for solar energy products and appliances designed for use with solar home systems: LED lights have received VAT exemption, and work is underway with the Ministry of Finance to clarify regulations for off-grid appliances
  • Drafting a policy to regulate the construction and operation of mini-grids, in consultation with the private sector: This policy is currently going through an approval process by the Energy Regulatory Board
  • Clarifying land rights regulations to de-risk investment in mini-grids: the government is in discussions with mini-grid sector representatives to resolve this issue
  • Identifying approaches to improving the affordability of off-grid energy technology: discussions are ongoing, based on newly shared market analytics
  • Improving the sharing of market intelligence: an online platform for this purpose is under development


Who is in the Task Force?


Government of Zambia:

  • Ministry of Energy (MoE),
  • Department of Energy (DoE),
  • Energy Regulatory Board (ERB),
  • Rural Electrification Agency
  • (REA), Ministry of Finance (MoF),
  • Ministry of National Development
  • Planning (MNDP), Office of the Vice
  • President (OVP).


Cooperating Partners:

  • African Development Bank (AfDB),
  • Department for International
  • Development (DFID; UK), European
  • Union, International Finance
  • Corporation (IFC), Swedish
  • International Development
  • Cooperation Agency (Sida), World
  • Bank, United States Agency for
  • International Development (USAID).


Private Sector:

  • Zambia Renewable Energy
  • Association (ZARENA), the
  • Solar Industry Association of
  • Zambia (SIAZ, currently being
  • formed), and specially nominated
  • representatives from private sector
  • companies in the off-grid sector.

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