Government is coming up with a renewable energy plan aimed at diversifying the country’s sources of energy amid an increase in load shedding.
The country’s energy future has been under the spotlight for a long time due to continued power outages, with the latest being the increase in loadshedding hours by power utility, Zimbabe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) Holdings.
ZESA Holdings Public Relations Manager, Mr Fullard Gwasira, attributed the latest development to challenges being faced by Eskom in South Africa.
“Loadshedding has moved to stage two, owing to reduced supply from Eskom in South Africa, which had been supplying the country with 400 megawatts. The situation might only improve once Eskom increases its supply,” he said.
Ministry of Energy and Power Development Permanent Secretary, Engineer Gloria Magombo, told Parliament this Thursday that her Ministry is formulating a Renewable Energy Plan that will harness ZESA’s capacity in renewable energy generation.
”As government, we are devising a plan that will make sure that going forward, ZESA leans towards renewable energy instead of the traditional power sources such as hydro,” said Engineer Magombo.
According to Renewable Energy Expert, Mr Willard Ponella, the advent of alternative energy sources are causing massive disruption of traditional business models, hence government needs to focus on encouraging such investments.
“We cannot ignore that the future lies in solar power and other energy sources, hence the need to adopt these alternative energy sources,” he said.
ZESA has since been encouraged to compete with the private sector in investing in renewable energy rather than rely on hydro and thermal sources if it is to stay relevant in the future.