Rural Electrification

There are several ongoing projects that are geared to improve Eswatini’s citizens access to electricity. The current access rate stands at 82%. Eswatini is ranked number 3 in the Southern African region on this measure.

Ongoing projects under the rural electrification project stand to benefit about 18 000 homesteads, which will further increase our access rate. Funding comes from our esteemed partners namely; Rural Development Fund (RDF), Micro Projects, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy, World Bank and the Rural Electricity Access Fund.

Sigcineni Off-Grid Solution Project

The Project is a stand-alone mini-grid which consists of a centralised 35kW solar PV generation plant complete with 200kWh battery storages system and an AC LV reticulation network designed to service about 26 rural homesteads through an advanced smart metering system for billing. The customers are charged for electricity usage through the standard domestic tariff. The project was successfully completed and commissioned in August 2020.

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Network Reinforcement and Access Project

This is a World Bank loan funded project that is divided into four components. Component 1 is desired to at Hluthi, Matsanjeni and Lavumisa. Component 2 of the project is aimed at increasing access to construct an 87km 132kV overhead transmission line from Nhlangano to Lavumisa together with three substations electricity in the Shiselweni Region as part of the Eswatini government’s initiative to attain universal access to electricity through the Rural Electrification Programme. The beneficiaries in Component 2 will be about 8000 homesteads that will be connected to grid electricity by the end of the implementation of this project. Component 3 for the project is aimed at providing government with the technical support required to implement various programmes to improve the conditions for the electricity industry in the Eswatini. Component 4 is a special dispensation designed to serve as access to Emergency Funds for qualifying emergency conditions. Completion of the project is planned for December 2023.