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)
  • Solar Industry Association of Zambia (SIAZ, currently being formed)
  • Specially nominated representatives from private sector
  • Companies in the off-grid sector

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