Students body clamours for solar power, other alternative energy sources in public universities


The Natural Resources Development College (NRDC) Students Union is urging the government to install solar panels in all public institutions of higher learning.

NRDC Students Union President General, Misheck Mumba, stated the importance of supporting this initiative with further investment in the country’s solar energy sector.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday, Mumba said that harnessing the power of the sun would ensure a reliable and green energy source for universities and colleges.

He stated that this move would not only reduce dependence on erratic grid power but also pave the way towards a cleaner and more sustainable future.

“Let’s power up our education system with solar energy! As we all know, our public universities and colleges play a crucial role in shaping the future of our nation,” Mumba said.

He argued that frequent power outages and load-shedding were disrupting the learning environment and hindering academic progress.

“Let’s empower our institutions with solar energy and enlighten the path to a brighter, more sustainable education system,” Mumba advised.

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Earlier this month, Zambia Monitor reported that the National Council of Students Union (NACOSU) was urging the government to exempt higher institutions of learning from current load-shedding measures.

NACOSU President, Michelo Chizombe, cited significant disruptions to students’ ability to study effectively.

“The prolonged electricity shortages are severely impeding students’ academic progress,” he said.

Chizombe also highlighted the adverse impact of load-shedding on colleges and universities’ irrigation activities, affecting agricultural research and practical learning experiences.

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