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USAID and the Zambian Ministry of Mines mark the development of Zambia’s Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) policy
September 22, 2015

LUSAKA —The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Mines, Energy, and Water Development joined private sector companies and civil society organizations at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel to mark the final stages in the development of Zambia’s Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) mechanism.

Over the past 14-months USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, the Zambian Department of Energy, and the Energy Regulation Board (ERB), in collaboration with multiple energy sector stakeholders, including the Rural Electrification Authority and ZESCO, worked together to produce an inclusive policy document and develop a platform for the REFIT. 

“Endowed with abundant sunshine and water resources, Zambia has excellent potential to provide enough clean energy for the country’s growing needs, and even for export, but getting there will require greater private sector investment,” said U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Mr. Eric Schultz.  “Through the Power Africa Initiative, first announced by President Obama in 2013, our government is committed to continuing to support efforts to develop clean renewable power, and to achieve energy security for all Zambians.”

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Zambia is known for its gentle and peaceful people, incredible natural beauty, fertile soil, and vast mineral wealth. With an increase in copper prices and sound macroeconomic policies, Zambia’s economy started rising in the late 1990s and has averaged five to six percent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth over the past decade. Impressive macro-level performance, however, belies the reality facing most Zambians.


Last updated: November 23, 2015

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