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 […]

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 […]

SA power woes slow smart cities realisation

Eskom Head Office SMART cities are a reality in South Africa but the power supplies needs to be stable, an energy expert said. Barry Bredenkamp, General Manager Energy Efficiency for the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), said this as he pledged the organisation’s readiness to provide interventions towards smart cities and advice at […]

Zimbabwe sugar farmers dump electricity for solar power

SOME sugarcane farmers in southeastern Zimbabwe are shifting to solar energy to fend off serious shortages of electricity in the country. The power deficit afflicting the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) Holdings is affecting the operations of companies in the country already performing below capacity. A consortium of 35 sugarcane farmers at Mapanza sugarcane estate […]

Clean energy most feasible remedy to Zambia’s power woes

ZAMBIA’S energy crisis, an impediment to government’s economic diversification plans, tells an all-too-familiar irony in most parts of the continent: crippling deficits despite abundant sources of renewable energy sources. This is because of an over-reliance on hydro-power. Thus, as the Zambian government initiates efforts to diversify the economy from an over-dependence on mining (mainly copper), […]

Take control of energy usage with LG’s residential solar offerings

In conjunction with North America’s Smart Energy Week, LG Electronics (LG) is underscoring its role as a top player within the U.S. residential solar market at the 2019 Solar Power International Conference. LG continues to transform today’s solar landscape, offering precision-manufactured and high-efficiency solar panels and an innovative Energy Storage System (ESS) for homeowners who […]

Idle power producers to lose licences. . . as Govt assures productive sectors

OVER 30 independent power producers (IPPs) with licences to generate up to 5 000MW, stare the prospect of losing the licences for continuously failing to resume operations, at a time the country is contending with acute electricity shortages. This comes as Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi last Friday assured productive sectors of the […]

Achieving self-sufficiency in Zim power generation

ZIMBABWE is entering its third week of electricity blackouts under the national load-shedding programme announced by the country’s power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa). The experience for various consumers seems like a déjà vu as rolling power cuts had been a daily norm from 2000 up until 2013 when prepaid meters were introduced. The […]