Government is finalising the crafting of the rural energy master plan which will pave way for the electrification of rural areas within the country.

The rural energy master plan has been on the cards for a long time and its finalisation will bring concrete evidence to communities that government is prioritising their development.

The commissioning of the $17 000 biogas digester project at Bradley High School in Mashonaland Central Province which was constructed with the assistance of the Rural Electrification Fund gave testimony to the commitment.

Minister of Energy and Power Development Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo said more than 9 000 rural institutions have been electrified so far with 59 institutions having benefitted under the biogas project countrywide.

“REF is in the process of finalising the rural energy master plan which paves way for the provision of energy in rural areas and offers a plan for the future. 8 biogas digesters have been constructed in Mashonaland Central Province out of the 59 set up countrywide,” said Ambassador Khaya Moyo.

Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs Minister Advocate Martin Dinha said it is prudent for institutions to adopt alternative sources of energy while condemning vandalism of some of the infrastructure which is retrogressive.

“Adopting alternative sources of energy is critical for institutions. We say no to vandalism as the one you used to replace damaged infrastructure should be channelled towards other developmental projects,” he said.

Other stakeholders at the commission of the biogas project commended government for the initiative saying it will go a long way in conserving energy.

The construction of the 52 cubic meter biogas digester took 46 days at a cost of $17 300.

The project is part of government’s initiative to promote renewable sources of energy which should be spread to farming communities and homesteads.