Editorial Comment: Renewable energy policies vital for power sustenance

The launch of the National Renewable Energy Policy (NREP) and the Bio-fuels Policy of Zimbabwe represents a major milestone in our country’s efforts to catalyse the transition to renewable energy — a key step in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 7, which seeks to ensure universal energy access to all. It is […]

Renewable energy market open to IPPs

Zimbabwe is facing acute electricity shortages arising from low water levels in Kariba Dam and lack of regular refurbishment of thermal power plants. Apart from expanding Hwange Thermal Station, which should feed 600MW into the grid on completion from next year, Government is promoting power generation from renewable energy sources, especially solar. Our Deputy News […]

Floods threaten power supplies

Africa Moyo  Deputy News Editor Zimbabwe could face increased load-shedding after critical coal mines that supply Hwange Thermal Power Station were flooded following heavy rains that pounded the area on Saturday. Hwange received heavy rains of up to 139mm in three hours on Saturday, which caused flash flooding, leaving 35 families in two suburbs — […]

Macro-economic priorities in 2020

Victor Bhoroma ZIMBABWE’S prospects for 2020 look quite bleak with the 2019/20 farming season slowly turning into a successive drought as a result of poor rainfall patterns. The World Food Programme (WFP) has highlighted that 8 million people (over 50% of the population) face starvation in the next three months. The hunger has been worsened […]

Mixed feelings over forex electricity bills

EXPORTERS have expressed mixed feelings over Statutory Instrument 249 of 2019 that compels exclusive and partial exporters to pay electricity bills in foreign currency. The regulations introduced by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe are with effect from this month and will see exporters (both exclusive and partial) paying electricity bills in hard currency for six […]

Arcadia seals electricity deal

PROSPECT Resources, developer of the Arcadia Lithium Mine near Harare, has struck a “secure” power supply agreement with State power utility Zesa, which enables it to develop its electric vehicle batteries lithium project. An amount of US$162 million is required as capital expenditure to develop the lithium project to production and it is expected this […]

Call to incentivise investment in renewable energy

Government and the private sector should increase support for local engineers to develop cost effective domestic renewable energy solutions, which largely remain inaccessible to the majority of citizens because of the prohibitive costs. As more companies and individual households are turning to solar and other renewable energy alternatives in view of crippling power cuts, experts […]

Gold mine embraces  solar energy

By Philemon Jambaya THE mining sector has been affected by incessant power outages but Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland West-based gold mine, Venice Mine, has adopted the use of solar energy to maximise production. Venice Mining has installed at least 116 solar panels which produce 400kilovolts (kva) during the day. The mine produces at least 16 kilograms of […]

Cabinet receive report on renewable energy

Cabinet received a report on the national renewable energy policy on Tuesday that seeks to improve the electricity problems the country is facing. Addressing the media during the 28th Cabinet Decision Matrix, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Honourable Monica Mutsvangwa said: “Cabinet received a report on the national renewable energy policy which […]