UNDP ramps up solar investments in Zim

Staff Writer

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) installed 447 solar-powered boreholes at health facilities in Zimbabwe last year to provide safe water access for staff and patients.

The solar-powered boreholes are a sustainable solution to ensure access to safe water, a critical element for quality healthcare and a healthier community.

The agency also generated 1.85 megawatts (MW) by the solar systems installed at 19 health facilities and two pharmaceutical warehouses in 2023, bringing the total solar power capacity UNDP has installed in the health sector to 10.14 MW.

“For a healthy planet, we focused on renewables and biodiversity. 150 households switched from firewood to clean biogas, while 19 health facilities and two warehouses joined the 1,044 already using solar power,” UNDP resident representative Ayodele Odusola said.

It’s not just about powering homes and businesses; it’s about unlocking a pathway towards achieving multiple Sustainable Development Goals.

“Our work focuses on two key areas: first, closing the energy gap by providing under-served communities with access to renewable energy solutions like solar and biogas systems. Second, we aim to catalyse private sector investment in the renewable energy sector, fostering long-term sustainability and wider impact,” the UN agency added.

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