As many as 30,000 households are expected to be supplied with electricity from solar-powered milling plants installed by a Chinese firm, Shandong Contractors, in some parts of rural Zambia, a co-operative official said on Monday.
Bright Mapipo, president for the Zambia Cooperative Federation, said the extra electricity that is being generated from the solar milling plants will be distributed to the communities near the plants.
In an interview with Xinhua, Mapipo said each of the solar-powered plants can supply electricity to 15 houses nearby.
The Zambia Cooperative Federation has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Rural Electricity Authority on the matter.
China has funded the installation of over 2,000 solar milling plants at a cost of 200 million U.S. dollars.