The future of Solar Energy in Zimbabwe.

Energy Sector

Zimbabwe faces persistent power shortages emanating from a mismatch between the Electricity generated from the power plants of approximately 1400MW given peak demand of 2200MW. This deficit is still there considering the installed capacity of 1940MW. The country imports electricity from South Africa , Mozambique and the DRC to plug in the gap and also load sheds when the need arises .

Access to Electricity

There are still a huge number of households, bothin urban and rural areasthat are still not on the grid, thus approximately 300,000 urban and 1,200,000 rural households. This access is through a transmission grid of approximately 120,000km of distribution lines. The electricity tariffs follow a steeped Usage Rate which means the more you use the more you get charged for the next marginal unit.

Why Solar In Zimbabwe

Solar stands as the next best alternative power source for an economy in which the reliability of state controlled Utility power is not guaranteed. Distributed power is more ideal as it cuts transmission costs and offers a more reliable and stable power source which has a positive impact on the environment.

Most of the world’s generated electricity is forecasted to come from renewables and Zimbabwe has to be a leader in installed capacity. Drastically lower production costs, growing concerns around climate change, a greater appreciation in Solar Power Production is set to increase awareness and the role that Solar Energy has to play in Zimbabwe.

 Household utilization has already surged and given interest from mining firms, listed companies and IPP’s spurred on by the Renewable Energy Policy Solar will take its rightful place at the head of the renewable energy table

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