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SEVEN commercial mini-grids have been licensed by the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) in an effort to increase electricity access in rural areas. Equally, ERB has finalised the mini-grid regulatory framework under the Increased Access to Electricity and Renewable Energy Production (IAEREP) project funded by the European Union. Responding to a press query recently, ERB public relations manager Kwali Mfuni said the mini-grids, which are options to electrifying rural areas, will result in improved livelihood for people in rural communities. “Electrification will help enhance access to services such as improved health care systems that are powered by clean energy, improved communication, improved education delivery, enhanced agricultural, commercial entrepreneurship and environmental protection through reduced deforestation,” Ms Mfuni said. The development of regulatory framework for mini- grids was approved in February 2020, and about 21 new solar sites have been developed in rural areas. Source: Zambia Daily Mail

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