A local university has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Germany academic universities that will see the establishment of the first solar academy in Zimbabwe.

As the country moves towards combating negative effects of climate change through adopting clean energy technology, Maranatha Christian University has signed a MOU with the Rose-Centre Open Innovation Germany for the establishment of a solar academy and a learning manufacturing company.

Rose-Centre Open Innovation Germany CEO, Engineer Jurgen Weinreich said the set up academy is set to ensure increased production of solar panels and other solar materials.

Maranatha Christian University Board Chairman, Dr Stephen Mahere said the partnership is important considering climate change and its impact on economies and livelihoods globally.

The Zimbabwean government is working on a number of projects to promote renewable energy after realising that the country continues to lose huge sums in electricity importation.