Toyota Tsusho Corporation executive are to visit Zambia later this month to undertake feasibility studies for the establishment of an off-grid energy solution pilot project.
Toyota Tsusho Corporation Chief Division Officer, Takashi Hattori told Lusaka Times that off-grid power solution will not only power the communities but has the advantage of improving rural communities’ livelihoods.
The company are evaluating the potential to use solar and NAS batteries to help Zambia deal with the power deficit.
“Solar could be installed in a shorter period of time and it has low maintenance costs. The added advantage of installing power in rural areas is the improved quality of life and health,” Hattori said, adding that Toyota is also interested in empowering local people through establishment of out-grower schemes.
Toyota is providing irrigation and training and hope to increase yields by seven folds.
The company’s planned investment and trip to Zambia follows a meeting in May with officials from the Zambian Embassy in Tokyo and a delegation from the Zambia Development Agency -ZDA-, Zambia.