The Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection, is in the process of engaging the Zambia Cooperative Federation – ZCF, on the possibilities of utilizing excess power generated from solar milling plants, to run water facilities.
Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Permanent Secretary, Mabvuto Sakala, says it has been established that the power being generated at the milling plants is not fully utilized and can be used to pump water to various communities.
He says his Ministry wants to leverage on the already existing Government investment under ZCF, to enable commercial water utilities, actualize their mandate of providing clean water to the communities, even in light of the current energy deficit.
Mr. Sakala has revealed that his Ministry is considering constructing boreholes near ZCF solar milling plants, which will feed into the main distribution lines for water utilities and other networks.
The Permanent Secretary notes that “there is need to find a long lasting solution to the current power deficit, adding that it is high time sunlight was looked at as a resource. And Mr. Sakala says the Ministry is coming up with a needs assessment on the capabilities of the companies and determines the gaps and needs in order to increase efficiency”.
He further advised commercial utilities to solicit for funding from sources that support projects aimed at minimizing the impact of climate change.
This is contained in a statement issued by Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Public Relations Officer, Amos Zulu.