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Southern Africa Power Pool

Introduction In 2014 Zambia was selected as a pilot country of the Scaling-Up Renewable Energy (SREP) in Low Income Countries which operates under the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF). The SCF supports programs with potential for scaled-up, transformational action aimed at a specific climate change challenge. The SCF is part of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), which promote international cooperation on climate change and support developing countries as they move toward climate resilient development that minimizes greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change. The objective of the Scaling-Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP) is to demonstrate, through pilot operations in selected countries, the economic, social and environmental viability of a low-carbon development pathway to increasing energy access using renewable energy and creating new economic opportunities. This Investment Plan (IP) was prepared by the Government of the Republic of Zambia, through a task-force led by the Ministry of Energy (MOE), in consultations with key institutional stakeholders in the energy sector, private sector and civil society organizations. This country-led programme is in line with the government’s vision, development plans, strategies and priority actions. Specifically, this IP supports the Vision 2030 which envisions universal access to clean, reliable and affordable energy at the lowest total economic, financial, social and environmental cost consistent with national development goals by 2030. This IP is consistent with the first and the third strategic areas of the Seventh National Development Plan 2017-2021 (7NDP): Economic diversification and job creation; and Reducing developmental inequalities. It is expected to strengthen the implementation of the National Electrification Strategy, currently under preparation.