Parliament calls for swift action on renewable energy projects

Staff Writer

Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda has called for accelerated progress on renewable energy projects across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to boost energy security.

Speaking at the Assembly of the SADC Parliamentary Forum, Mudenda said the energy landscape in the SADC region is characterised by an untapped rich tapestry of renewable energy resources which include hydropower generation, solar, wind and biomass with a huge global potential of about 10 580 terawatt-hours per year.

He said despite several master plans that have been crafted to mitigate the energy deficit in the region, actual progress remains stunted despite the pressing demand for electricity in the region in the wake of regional industrialisation trajectory.

Mudenda emphasised the critical role of timely completion, effective implementation, and long-term sustainability for these projects to deliver their full potential.

He said to realise the full benefits of renewable energy projects in the SADC region, requires courageous timely completion, effective implementation and long-term sustainability of renewable power generation projects.

“Accordingly, the pending renewable power projects must be actualised without any further delay,” Mudenda said at the event.

He said the power projects that need urgent completion include the Caculo Cabaça hydropower project (2160MW) in Angola and Batoka Hydro Project (2400MW), Devil’s Gorge (1200MW) in Zambia and Zimbabwe,

Mudenda also highlighted the Mphanda Nkuwa Hydropower Project (1500) in Mozambique and the Stiegler’s Gorge Hydropower project (2096MW) in Tanzania.

He said to cement the regional cooperation in the renewable energy sector, the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP) is the answer to coordinated power generation and intra-energy country utilisation under a robust harmonised legal framework. 

He highlighted that nuclear power is increasingly emerging as a potential solution to address the energy access and climate change challenges faced by SADC countries.

“Nuclear power offers a reliable, low-carbon alternative energy source that enhances energy security and environmental conservation sovereignty,” Mudenda said.

On recommendations, Mudenda said parliaments must nudge the executive to propagate comprehensive cutting-edge energy policy frameworks for rapid energy investments and development.

He also highlighted that parliaments must leverage higher budget allocations towards renewable energy sector development.

The event is running under the theme The role of Parliaments in promoting renewable energy policies in the SADC region and the creation of a single regional energy market.

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