NewEnergyNews: SOLAR TO EASE ZIMBABWE POWER WOES

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    Friday, October 02, 2015

    SOLAR TO EASE ZIMBABWE POWER WOES

    Zimbabwe Launches Solar Energy Policy

    Sebastian Mhofu, September 30, 2015 (Voice of America)

    “Zimbabwe's government has launched a solar energy campaign as it battles to find a solution to its perennial power shortages. Through increased use of solar, the government hopes to cut residential power usage by 40 percent...[The policy comes] a week after state power utility Zesa restricted most homes to six hours of electricity per day…Much of Zimbabwe's power comes from the Lake Kariba hydro plant. The lake's water level has dropped drastically in recent years, affecting the power supply for both Zimbabwe and Zambia…[The Kariba power station’s previous 750 megawatts is] down to 470 megawatts…[Coal and] imports of electricity are not averting the shortages…[To ease the cost to Zimbabweans, the government will] install solar water heaters and gradually deduct the cost from consumers…” click here for more

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