Sleaze, antiquated equipment stifling Zimbabwe energy needs

By Bernard Mpofu Corruption, antiquated equipment and failure to invest in new technologies has been cited by analysts as among  major reasons stifling Zimbabwe’s energy needs Zimbabwe which is battling rolling power outages due to antiquated equipment has in the past crafted several energy policies to ease the perennial energy crisis. According to the Ministry […]

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 […]

Celebrating World Environment Day amid COVID-19

THROUGHOUT the world, nations and environmentalists observed and celebrated the World Environment Day (WED) on June 5 2020. This day is an important event on the world environmental calendar. The year 2020 witnessed the event being celebrated not only in the background of climate change impacts, but also in the midst of COVID-19, a deadly […]

Sanyati farmers tackle climate challenges through drip irrigation technology 

By Tendai Chara Highly vulnerable farmers in Zimbabwe’s rural areas are currently frontline victims of the climate change process. This is sadly illustrated by mounting environmental degradation caused by natural devastation and climate-change-induced droughts.  To address these all too familiar challenges, Sanyati district smallholder farmers, in Mashonaland West Province, are learning how to build climate […]

Zimbabwean farmers fighting ‘’hidden hunger’’ by growing biofortified food crops

By Tendai Chara Smallholder farmer Musiyiwa Musonza, 77, is triumphant as he shows a thriving Vitamin A orange maize crop in his field despite high temperatures experienced in his area that destroyed most plants at germination. ‘’It has never been this hot in this area. I was pleased the variety is drought-tolerant. Despite dry conditions […]

Demand for electricity soars as industry resumes operations 

By Bernard Mpofu A grey haulage truck pulls to the left as it approaches Westgate Shopping Mall, situated 10 km outside the central business district in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. Momentarily, the truck driver jumps out of the vehicle before being mobbed by a group of mostly women flashing wards of soiled banknotes. Munyaradzi (surname withheld […]

Zim firms go green as fuel prices increase overheads

By Bernard Mpofu In 2019 several firms in Zimbabwe turned to renewable sources of energy as the country faced one of its worst power generation crisis in more than a decade. Zimbabwe requires 2,200MW of electricity from its five power stations which include a hydro-powered station in Kariba.  But as climate change took its toll […]