Sleaze, antiquated equipment stifling Zimbabwe energy needs

By Bernard Mpofu Corruption, antiquated equipment and failure to invest in new technologies has been cited by analysts as among  major reasons stifling Zimbabwe’s energy needs Zimbabwe which is battling rolling power outages due to antiquated equipment has in the past crafted several energy policies to ease the perennial energy crisis. According to the Ministry […]

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 […]

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 […]

Zesa switches off 100 households over illegal connections

POWER utility Zesa yesterday conducted a blitz and disconnected over 100 illegally connected households in Stoneridge, Harare. Zesa has been losing electricity worth thousands of dollars to unscrupulous individuals who illegally connect to powerlines. The power utility roped in the police in an operation that unearthed numerous cases of meter bypassing, dangerous and unsafe wiring, […]

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 […]

Zesa switches off illegal power connections

Zesa disconnected over 1 500 households in Stoneridge Phase 1 in Harare South after discovering that a fired former employee of an approved contractor made the connections without following the normal procedures. The illegal connections are believed to have been done by Peni Jaison (31), who was once employed by a Harare company called Ethood […]

Editorial Comment: Monitoring solar energy projects important

Solar power is a practical solution for Zimbabwe, not only because we have high levels of sunshine, but also because we can, in effect, store solar power using Lake Kariba. So as more and more solar stations are added to the grid they can take an even higher percentage of the daylight load, allowing Zesa […]

Harava solar project shines light on Zim

Moves to finalise the construction of the 20MW Harava Solar Project (HSP), a few kilometres south-east of the capital, have shown a good example of how it is possible for Zimbabwe to tap into green energy. Despite the difficult operating environment, Zimbabwe is pushing by all means necessary to complete solar energy power plants, as […]

Theft, vandalism ground Zesa operations

THE power utility, Zesa, cannot cope anymore with the level of theft and vandalism of electricity infrastructure resulting in incessant supply disruptions at a time the economy is facing challenges. At least four transformers are stolen every day while hundreds of kilometres of power cables are being vandalised amid limited resources to repair and replace […]