Banks awakening to renewable energy

By Wisdom Mumera The drive for renewable energy has generally been embraced in Africa wholesomely. However, progress on the ground has largely been at a snail’s pace due to financial hurdles. Locally, financial institutions are still hesitant to be involved in the renewable energy sector by financing  long-term investments. This has resulted  in the stagnation […]

Coal faces dire future

By Wisdom Mumera Demand for coal which is the foremost fossil fuel used in industrial production is set to decline as companies opt for cheaper renewable energy according to the Blomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The report predicts a bright long term future for renewables and inversely a bleak future for coal which has driven […]

What is derailing renewable sector growth in Zimbabwe?

By Watmore Makokoba Zimbabwe has ample potential for electricity generation from hydro, solar, biomass and wind, nevertheless, but only a fraction of the country’s renewable energy potential has been exploited so far. According to the Zimbabwe Environmental Regional Organisation (ZERO), Project Manager Wellington Madumira there are four main challenges to the uptake of renewable energy […]

ZERA urges consumers to buy energy related products from genuine dealers

By Hazvinei Mwanaka MASVINGO-Consumers have been urged to buy from reputable suppliers that are licensed to sell energy products inorder to avoid buying substandard products. Speaking recently during a workshop in Masvingo on safe use of energy in homes by the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe (CCZ) and Zimbabwe Energy Regulation Authority (ZERA), Renewable Energy Engineer […]

Study reveals bright future for renewable energy in Africa

By Wisdom Mumera Research results have revealed that renewable energy possesses more potential for the continent as compared to fossil fuels and could outstrip the continent’s projected electricity demand by 2030. A report from the World Bank Group and the International Energy Agency (IEA) has revealed that renewable energy provides the most beneficial alternative and […]

Can Zim deal with economic effects of major disasters?

The World Bank’s Disaster Risk Management Hub in Tokyo, in a case study of Japan titled Built Environment — Transforming Disaster Experience into a Safer Built Environment, stated that Japan “developed a policy and legal framework, as well as compliance mechanisms that ensure a high-level of building safety and earthquake resilience. Japan started with similar […]