On February 17, 2016, USAID/Zambia handed over to Zambia’s Energy Regulation Board a package of final documentation for the Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFIT) developed by USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub. The REFIT mechanism includes REFIT Guidelines and Rules, a standardized Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Generation License, Grid Connection Agreement Guidelines, and a Grid Connection Agreement.
For two years, the Trade Hub collaborated with Zambia’s Ministry of Energy and Water Development (MEWD) and the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) to develop the enabling environment for launching REFIT in Zambia. REFIT policy enables the government to buy renewable energy from producers at pre-determined prices, attracting private sector investment in the development of clean energy sources. A successful REFIT policy helps reduce price volatility and increase renewable energy uptake.
During her speech at the handover ceremony, USAID/Zambia’s Anna Toness expressed USAID’s hope that “the implementation of the REFIT Program will be one of many 21st-century initiatives used to secure Zambia’s energy future.” The handover ceremony was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Energy and Water Development, ZESCO, Rural Electrification Authority and other stakeholders.
Photo: USAID/Zambia’s Office Director of Economic Development Anna Toness (second from left) hands over the final documentation for REFIT developed by the Trade Hub to ERB Executive Director Langiwe Lungu (second from right). Far left is Angela Kabuswe, Environmental Specialist, and on the far right, Alfred Mwila, Director of Economic Regulation, ERB