Zambian govt invests in power for PC plant, data centre


The Zambian government has commissioned the construction of two renewable power station plants valued at USD 1.2 billion to supply the country's highly anticipated PC assembly plant and data centre. The project, which will lead to the production of a combined 100 megawatts of power by the end of the year, is being funded by the World Bank and is the first project of its kind in Africa under the financial institution's scaling up solar programme, ITWeb reported.

The programme aims to accelerate the use of alternative and renewable energy sources to reduce the impact of insufficient rainfall on the country's hydroelectric resources. The two power stations will be located in the Lusaka Multi-facility Economic Zone and will be implemented in partnership with the state Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).

In early April, the country's regulator, the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), announced that it had signed a lease agreement with the Lusaka South Multi Facility Economic Zone to facilitate construction of the computer assembly plant and data centre. The institution aims to generate up to 600 megawatts as part of its scaling up solar programme. Zambia is facing a critical shortage of power, resulting in increased load shedding.
Source: Telecompaper 10 May 2016