Stakeholders in the energy sector are finalising the rural energy master plan which seeks to ensure the electrification of rural communities.

The master plan has been in the pipeline since 2015 and the final draft is expected to ensure universal access to modern energy services.

Briefing stakeholders in Harare, Rural Electrification Agency (REA) Board Chairperson, Mr Willard Chiwewe said it took 29 months to come up with a rural energy master plan, owing to a number of challenges.

The Minister of Energy and Power Development, Dr Samuel Undenge said the finalised master plan will become the country’s national plan for provision of energy to all rural areas, hence it is important to support the government initiative for long term energy development.

The rural energy master plan will work at the same time with the National Renewable Energy Policy which outlines some action plans for the development of renewable and clean energy solutions.