Cabinet approves revised Gwanda solar project

CABINET on Tuesday approved the revised implementation plan for the 100 megawatt (MW) Gwanda solar project that commits to deliver the first 10MW within six months after signing of financial closure agreements and fulfilment of all outstanding conditions precedent. Energy and Power Development Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi quickly pointed out that he will demand to […]

Top cop, Zesa employees in court for power cables theft

A SENIOR Zimbabwe Republic Police officer and two Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) employees were arraigned before the Karoi Magistrates’ Court together with four accomplices facing two counts of vandalism of power equipment. They were remanded in custody to July 6 for bail application. ZETDC artisan Victor Chirume (30), line worker Chakanyuka Chakanyuka […]

Zesa switches off 100 households over illegal connections

POWER utility Zesa yesterday conducted a blitz and disconnected over 100 illegally connected households in Stoneridge, Harare. Zesa has been losing electricity worth thousands of dollars to unscrupulous individuals who illegally connect to powerlines. The power utility roped in the police in an operation that unearthed numerous cases of meter bypassing, dangerous and unsafe wiring, […]

Cabinet approves revised Gwanda solar project

CABINET on Tuesday approved the revised implementation plan for the 100 megawatt (MW) Gwanda solar project that commits to deliver the first 10MW within six months after signing of financial closure agreements and fulfilment of all outstanding conditions precedent. Energy and Power Development Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi quickly pointed out that he will demand to […]

Zesa switches off illegal power connections

Zesa disconnected over 1 500 households in Stoneridge Phase 1 in Harare South after discovering that a fired former employee of an approved contractor made the connections without following the normal procedures. The illegal connections are believed to have been done by Peni Jaison (31), who was once employed by a Harare company called Ethood […]

Editorial Comment: Monitoring solar energy projects important

Solar power is a practical solution for Zimbabwe, not only because we have high levels of sunshine, but also because we can, in effect, store solar power using Lake Kariba. So as more and more solar stations are added to the grid they can take an even higher percentage of the daylight load, allowing Zesa […]

Harava solar project shines light on Zim

Moves to finalise the construction of the 20MW Harava Solar Project (HSP), a few kilometres south-east of the capital, have shown a good example of how it is possible for Zimbabwe to tap into green energy. Despite the difficult operating environment, Zimbabwe is pushing by all means necessary to complete solar energy power plants, as […]

Paying the price for lack of climate knowledge application

WITH the effects of global warming continuing to have negative impacts on the people’s livelihoods, one would think that these effects would concentrate where they were emitted most. Such misplaced assumptions and wishful thinking are not binding as many innocent people are caught in the cross-fire. That’s how dangerous carbon sinning becomes as the carbon […]

US$88m for Chiredzi 90MW solar plant

A LOCAL consortium, Triangle Solar System (TSS), plans to invest US$88,1 million building a 90MW solar power plant in Chiredzi. The planned project was recently approved by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) and electrical installation will be located about 12 kilometres west of the TSS headquarters, ZBC news reported this week. The solar power […]