Idai exhibition tackles climate change

THE National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) last week officially opened its first virtual exhibition dubbed Aftershock: Re-imagining Life After Cyclone Idai where it revisits the devastating disaster that tore part of southern Africa last year. The exhibition subsequently opened a discussion on how to deal with climate change. NGZ archived the online version of the […]

PPC secures investor for 32MW Colleen Bawn solar plant

GIANT cement manufacturer, Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) Zimbabwe, has secured an investor to build and operate a 32MW solar power plant in Colleen Bawn, Matabeleland South province. The development of the solar project is aimed at providing the cement producer with 16MW while the remainder would be fed into the national grid. Last year, PPC […]

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 […]