COVID-19 slows down Zimbabwe thermal power project

By Bernard Mpofu The outbreak of the coronavirus has slowed down expansion works at Hwange Thermal Power Station, Zimbabwe’s largest thermal power station, it has emerged. China’s Sinohydro was contracted to carry out the project but global fears of the coronavirus which was first reported in the worlds’ second largest economy has retarded progress.  Zimbabwe […]

COVID-19: Virus threatens to ‘derail’ green growth IEA expert calls for global support for clean energy sector in face of global pandemic

A top global energy expert has warned that COVID-19 threatens to ‘derail’ the progress of the global renewables industry. More than ever, governments will be central in tackling these challenges and determining the pace of deployment of renewables, said Heymi Bahar, senior analyst for renewable energy markets and policy at the International Energy Association (IEA). […]

Renewable energy policy set for launch

President Mnangagwa will today launch the National Renewable Energy and the Bio-fuels Policies of Zimbabwe in Harare, a move that will create a conducive environment for the development of renewable energy. The policies seek to promote optimal supply and utilisation of energy for socio-economic development in a safe, sustainable manner. Government is seeking to prioritise […]

Climate change poser for national parks

“We are being watched,” a Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) game ranger, acting as tour guide, exclaimed. He is pointing to the left as the lead vehicle in a convoy taking United Nations deputy secretary-general Amina Mohammed and her delegation on an evening game drive in the giant Hwange National Park is […]

Sadc boss meets ED over climate change, youth unemployment

SADC executive secretary Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax yesterday paid a courtesy call on President Mnangagwa at State House where the two discussed a number of issues, including the political situation in the region, climate change and youth unemployment. Dr Tax met the President in his capacity as chairman of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence […]

Zim gets US$26,5m for climate change mitigation

ZIMBABWE has been awarded US$26,5 million grant under the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to help the country build its climate resilience for vulnerable smallholder farmers in southern parts of the country. The GCF is a United Nations-backed fund which seeks to help developing nations in Africa and around the globe cope with climate change by […]

Old Mutual set to install 650kW solar plant as it goes green

By Bernard Mpofu Insurance giant Old Mutual Zimbabwe in partnership with Easy Power Limited has invested US$2, 5 million towards a 650 kilowatts (kW) ground-mounted solar plant at its Mutual Gardens property in Harare as the group goes green to provide clean energy to meet the electricity needs of its office complex. Speaking during the […]

Zimbabwe’s renewable energy sector fails to attract international investors

By Lungelo Ndhlovu  To help develop Zimbabwe’s socio-economic development, foreign missions in the country have stepped up efforts to initiate and fund renewable energy projects as an alternative to fossil fuels which are harmful to the environment and people. Recently, the United States Embassy in Zimbabwe funded a solar-powered project at Esigodini District Hospital, in […]

Total accelerates drive to lower carbon emissions

By Bernard Mpofu Total oil company scaled new heights as the first energy company in Zimbabwe to commission a solar-powered service station as the global energy firm rolls out its renewable energy plan in 57 countries in its bid to reduce carbon emissions. Zimbabwe is facing erratic power supplies due to antiquated power generation equipment, […]

Solar power transforms Nkayi communities  

By Lungelo Ndhlovu  DROUGHT-prone communities in Nkayi-Singeni village’s Ward 25 in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland North province, no longer worry about walking long distances to fetch water or traveling 10 kilometres to Kwekwe for dipping their cattle due to solar energy. Community members said they now spend most of their productive time working in their nutritional gardens. […]