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Private Investment Opportunities In Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency In Zambia,


Leonard Simukoko


The aim of the study is to review and assess private investment opportunities in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sub-sectors in Zambia. This will assist in building a database and profiles of embryonic small and medium-scale enterprises in the country involved or interested in sustainable energy investments.

The report is subdivided into five chapters. The first chapter provides the energy status in Zambia. The chapter underscores that Zambia is richly endowed with a wide range of indigenous energy sources, particularly woodlands and forests, hydropower, coal and renewable sources of energy. Petroleum is the only energy resource that is currently wholly imported. The principal source of energy in Zambia is wood fuel (i.e. firewood and charcoal), with the largest consumer group being households in both rural and urban areas.

The second chapter provides a brief description of the identified investments. The chapter captures the profiles of the companies with a description of the renewable energy project that is intended to be developed; this includes the location of the project, the size of the installation and the amount of investment that is required.

Chapter 3 builds on the previous chapter by further analyzing specific indicators in detail including; the type of fuel to be replaced, use of energy to be produced among other relevant indicators. Chapter 4 provides a comparative analysis for the various companies analyzed in the survey, giving the ranking of the most promising sustainable energy investment.

Chapter 5 provides the study findings summary and recommendations on the way forward. The assignment covered a total of eighteen (18) private entities identified in the country. The study established that the management teams of these companies were aware and interested in the renewable energy and energy efficiency. Thirteen (13) of these entities have planned renewable energy projects while the others are yet to plan or develop any renewable energy or energy efficiency project.

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