Sanyati farmers tackle climate challenges through drip irrigation technology 

By Tendai Chara Highly vulnerable farmers in Zimbabwe’s rural areas are currently frontline victims of the climate change process. This is sadly illustrated by mounting environmental degradation caused by natural devastation and climate-change-induced droughts.  To address these all too familiar challenges, Sanyati district smallholder farmers, in Mashonaland West Province, are learning how to build climate […]

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 […]

Zimbabwe appeals for additional solar energy from consumers

By Bernard Mpofu Zimbabwe’s power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), is rolling out a net metering programme that will see consumers of solar energy provide excess power to the national grid as the southern African nation goes a step further in adopting alternative sources of energy. Following a waiver on duty paid on solar products, […]

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 […]

Batteries manufacturing company pledges US$20,000 solar power for Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 isolation centre

By Pamenus Tuso Just like Harare’s Wilkins Hospital in Zimbabwe’s capital , Thorngove Isolation Centre  in the country’s second largest city – Bulawayo – needs constant power supply in order to meet the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended COVID-19 centre. Chloride Zimbabwe Limited is helping with improving the energy source at  the centre through solar […]

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 […]

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 […]

Germany Exceeds 50% Renewable Energy Use Milestone

Germany’s target for renewable energy sources to deliver 65% of its consumed electricity by 2030 seemed on track Wednesday, with 52% of electricity coming from renewables in 2020’s first quarter. Renewable energy advocates, however, warned the trend is imperiled by slowdowns in building new wind and solar plants. The federal BDEW energy and water federation and Baden-Württemberg state’s ZSW solar […]

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). […]