Zimbabwe walks tightrope: Balancing coal reliance with renewable future

Staff Writer Zimbabwe’s energy sector faces a crossroads, with Minister of Energy Edgar Moyo acknowledging the need for renewables while grappling with the legacy of heavy investment in coal-fired power plants. Moyo’s statement, outlining the government’s aspirations for a renewables-dominant future tempered by the reality of existing infrastructure, reflects the complex challenges many developing nations…

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Unki Mine to power up with 35 MW on-site solar project

Staff Writer Anglo American (Anglo) says the on-site 35 megawatt (MW) solar project planned for its Zimbabwean unit, Unki Mine, is progressing well. According to Anglo’s 2023 sustainability report, construction for the solar plant is expected to begin in late 2024 or early 2025. The Shurugwi-based miner’s incorporation of solar power offers a promising solution,…

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ZERA produces plan with renewables focus

Staff Writer The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) says it produced a Network Master Plan aimed at increasing the integration of renewable energy sources to alleviate chronic power shortages and reduce reliance on hydropower. The plan, developed with the assistance of Manitoba Hydro International, outlines a roadmap for future investments in generation, transmission, and distribution…

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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…

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Zimbabwe moves forward with 600MW floating solar plant on Lake Kariba

Staff Writer In a bid to address chronic power shortages and boost its renewable energy portfolio, Zimbabwe’s cabinet has approved the development of a 600-megawatt (MW) floating solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant on Lake Kariba. The announcement follows an unsolicited proposal from an energy company to invest US$600 to US$850 million in the project, seen…

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Africa needs surge in clean energy spending – IEA

Staff Writer Meeting Africa’s growing energy demand requires a significant increase in investment in clean energy projects, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The report, Clean Energy Investment for Development in Africa, highlights the need to address financial barriers to unlock the necessary funding levels. The IEA report emphasises that…

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Chamber of Mines seeks solar power solutions

Staff Writer The Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe says it is actively exploring alternative power solutions to address the ongoing energy crisis affecting the country’s mining industry. This comes as the power supply situation has negatively impacted the mining industry with most mining companies reporting unscheduled power outages resulting in production stoppages and huge losses….

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Econet offsets power cuts with green energy investments

Staff Writer Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country’s largest mobile network operator, announced that it is deploying renewable energy solutions to counter network disruptions caused by persistent power outages on the national grid. Power disruptions have negatively impacted service quality and network availability in the telecommunications sector. Econet’s investment in renewable energy is part of efforts…

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