Government, through the Rural Electrification Authority (REA), will next year start the development of a 590KW Kasanjiku Mini-Hydro power station in Mwinilunga district in North-Western province.
Energy and Water Development Deputy Minister, Charles Zulu, says the project will cost ten million United States Dollars.
Mr Zulu says over 23,000 local people are expected to benefit from the project once it is completed.
The Deputy Minister said this when he officially commissioned a K2.6 million Situmbeko Rural Electrification Project at Kalala Primary School in Chibombo.
Mr Zulu said government will not relent in its effort to ensure that more people in rural areas have access to reliable sources of energy such as electricity.
He said government has continued to electrify as many rural areas as possible because it is aware that electricity is one of the catalysts for socio – economic development.
Mr Zulu said access to electricity does not only increase economic growth, but it also helps to fight poverty especially in rural areas.
And REA Chief Executive Officer, Geoffrey Musonda, said several government and private facilities in the area have since been electrified under the same project.
Mr Musonda urged beneficiaries in the area to use electricity productively and avoid illegal connections.
Meanwhile, Chieftainess Mungule has thanked government for connecting part of her chiefdom to the national electricity grid.
The traditional leader also called on government to ensure that more schools in her chiefdom are connected to electricity, saying this will ensure that pupils learn computer lessons without challenges.
The Situmbeko Project is among the 2014 Grid Extension Projects whose implementation started in the latter part of last year at a total cost of K55 million.