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Copperbelt Energy reportedly adds 60 megawatts to grid, as Hichilema urges intensified energy generation efforts


Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) has reportedly brought online 60 megawatts of solar power, marking a significant shift in Zambia’s energy landscape.

Currently, Zambia, the copper producer, is grappling with a power deficit due to a dry spell causing decreased water levels in major reservoirs.

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Speaking at the commissioning of the power plant in Kitwe on Wednesday, President Hakainde Hichilema stressed the need for collaborative efforts among all stakeholders to address the country’s energy deficit.

“The energy shortfall requires concerted efforts from all stakeholders to diversify the energy mix,” President Hichilema emphasized, commending CEC’s initiatives in mitigating the energy deficit.

He noted that the anticipated growth in the mining sector would necessitate additional power, underlining the importance of harnessing abundant sunlight for electricity generation to fuel production.

President Hichilema said, “We are unlocking the potential of the mines. Tomorrow (Thursday), I will be inaugurating Shaft 28 in Luanshya by Luanshya Copper Mine, following the resolution of capital challenges at Mopani. All these developments require increased energy investments.”

Energy Minister, Peter Kapala, hailed the commissioning of the 60 MW solar plant, claiming that it would be a game-changer for the energy industry.

“This achievement is a result of an improved business environment where the private sector feels confident to invest,” Kapala remarked.

CEC Managing Director, Owen Silavwe, claimed that the solar plant’s construction was completed two months ahead of schedule, demonstrating the company’s commitment to enhancing the country’s energy mix.

“We commend the government for fostering a conducive business environment in the country,” Silavwe added.

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