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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Please register in September 2020 to get more information about BGFA1.


If you have any other questions, please get in touch with the team at Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa.


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