Saturday, January 25, 2020

Off-grid energy in rural Zambia

Sweden plans to support an off-grid facility in Zambia that can address the lack of access to electricity experienced by the rural majority. 

Zambia is experiencing high economic growth, and an increasing demand for modern energy. But the national power grid covers only a quarter of the population and only 3-4 per cent of rural households. There is an urgent need to invest in new solutions that can improve the lives of poor people, while at the same time reducing the dependence and environmental impact of imported petroleum products.

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is interested in catalysing investments for sustainable energy and novel business models ventures that can cater to the needs of poor people outside the major urban hubs.

Sida views access to suitable financing for off-grid investments to be the key constraint. The Embassy of Sweden in Lusaka is launching a SEK 100 million funding facility to increase access to secure and sustainable energy in Zambia by spurring innovation and leveraging private and public investments in sustainable energy outside the national grid.

The consultant will develop and implement a procurement scheme for increased access to modern, sustainable, off-grid energy in the rural areas of Zambia. The consultant will facilitate the procurement process and leave recommendations on contract awards to the Swedish Embassy, which will make the final decision.

Other tasks will include monitoring and evaluation as the project progresses; continuous stakeholder dialogue; and day-to-day administration of the facility.

The deadline for the submission of tenders is December 2, 2015.