Government has ruled out an electricity tarrif hike this year saying any review will however be subject to consultations by relevant authorities.

Zimbabwe’s industry and commerce is currently enjoying stable power supplies being backed with steady imports and the trend is expected to continue till year end.

While it emerged at a renewable energy dialogue meeting for governmemt ministries in the capital on today that there might be possibilities of a tarrif hike soon, the Permanant Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, Mr Pattison Mbiriri told the ZBC News Zimbabweans should however not expect the tariff hike anytime soon.

“There is no tariff hike anytime soon so we just anticipate more stable conditions,” he said.

The government is also working on an instrument to tighten import controls on cheap but not sub-standard solar panels exposing the nation to being a dumping site.

In a related development government ministries are embracing renewable energy systems across the country.

In terms of the policy, public or government owned institutions such as schools, clinics, local authorities, agricultural firms, parastatals, and developmental banks are expected to include renewable sources in their projects.