Zimbabwe senate approves two multi-million energy loans

By Bernard Mpofu The Zimbabwe Senate has adopted two motions proposed by the Finance Minister, Mthuli Ncube, which seek to approve loans to finance the country’s energy projects.  However, experts have expressed concern over the slow pace of action by the country’s lawmakers. Zimbabwe has since the turn of the new millennium depended on regional […]

Covid-19 delays jatropha energy project comeback

By Tendai Chara The outbreak of the corona virus, or COVID-19 has delayed the anticipated revival of the jatropha energy project in Zimbabwe.   In 2017, the Zimbabwe government announced that it had rekindled the jatropha project, which had been in comatose for many years. The jatropha plant, whose seeds are used to make biodiesel, was […]

Clean energy comes to Mashaba in Zimbabwe’s first inclusive solar mini-grid

By Tendai Chara ‘’We used to buy our own fuel from Gwanda town, more than 60 km away – to power our diesel pumps. We would also pay for transportation of the fuel, ‘’ says a smallholder farmer, Mpokiseng Moyo, at the Rustlers Gorge Irrigation Scheme in Gwanda district, in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland South Province. “Now, […]

Farmers reap benefits from community seed banks

By Nyaradzo Nyere Various types of small grains are stored at community seed banks, set up by a local non-governmental organization (NGO), Community Technology Development Trust (CTDT), as a mechanism to promote food security and climate change adaptation. Patrick Kasasa, CTDT programmes manager (Agriculture Biodiversity), said the organisation started working on community seed banks (CSBs) […]

High electricity charges trigger illegal connections in Zimbabwe

By Tendai Chara The recent hike in electricity tariffs in Zimbabwe by the national utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority Holdings, has resulted in most households failing to access this important source of energy, resulting in them switching to other alternative sources of energy, it has emerged. ZESA Holdings recently hiked electricity tariffs by 19,02 percent. […]

RioZim to roll out off-grid power supplies in Zimbabwe

By Bernard Mpofu Zimbabwe Stock Exchange listed mining concern RioZim Limited (RioZim), is considering powering its operations off the country’s main grid as the company turns to alternative sources of energy to avoid energy constraints that have interrupted production for many years now.  Erratic power supplies that forced the extractive industry to import electricity directly […]

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 […]