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 from […]

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 […]

Hippo Valley estates promotes use of gas stoves

By Wallace Mawire Hippo Valley Estates Limited in Chiredzi district, in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo Province, is promoting the use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) stoves by its employees as a way of conserving natural resources in their community.  According to the company’s sustainability report contained in its 2019 annual report released at its 63rd Annual General […]

Access to renewable energy essential for economic development

By Hazvinei Mwanaka Accelerating universal access to renewable energy is essential to human and economic development and a catalyst to achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa, experts have said. Wellington Madumira, lobby and advocacy officer for ZERO regional environment organisation, said promoting energy access in Africa is not only beneficial to the […]

Zimbabwe tourism sector shifts to sustainable energy to boost industry

By Nkosilathi Sibanda To operators in the resort areas of Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls and Binga, in Matabeleland North Province, have opted to harness solar energy as well as energy saving lighting to offset incessant power outages that have affected businesses for a long time now. This comes in the wake of calls for adoption of […]

Solar energy key to improved pass rates –MP 

By Philemon Jambaya Zimbabwe’s Gutu South Member of   Parliament Pupurai Togarepi recently called for government to embrace the use of solar energy within the education sector  saying it will improve the pass rate among rural communities. In an exclusive interview with this publication, Togarepi said Zimbabwe was endowed with good climatic conditions that could […]

Piggery project powers Masvingo college 

By Hazvinei Mwanaka  More than 2,000 students and teachers from Masvingo Christian College in Zimbabwe’s southern town of Masvingo are now enjoying their studies following installation of an eight-cubic metre bio-digester plant at the school. The bio-digester is a joint venture between the college and the Environmental Management Agency (EMA). According to EMA Masvingo provincial […]

‘9 000MW needed for Vision 2030’

ZIMBABWE requires an additional 9 000 megawatts of power to support economic activities that will drive the country towards achieving an upper middle income economy by 2030, a senior Government official has said. At present, the country’s demand for power hovers around 2 000MW. However, due to ageing equipment, existing power plants are generating far […]

Need for local energy banks to finance energy initiative

By Hazvinei Mwanaka recently in Beijing, China BEIJING- Least Developed Countries (LDCs) should introduce local energy banks to scale up energy access and finance in their countries. Speaking in Beijing during the recent Global Conference on Energy Access’s session on inclusive energy finance to reach the last mile, HIVOS Southern Africa regional project manager Green […]