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).
- 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).
- 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.