The government says solar water geysers have the potential to save 300 megawatts of electricity if fully utilised, thus significantly cutting the country’s import bill.

The world is fast turning to renewable sources of energy as a way of fighting the effects of climate change and Zimbabwe is no exception in making efforts towards such a phenomenon.

Commissioning a solar water geyser manufacturing plant by Treger Products in Bulawayo this Tuesday, the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Dr Samuel Undenge who was being represented by his Permanent Secretary, Mr Partson Mbiriri said people can save up to 40 percent of their monthly electricity bills if they switch to solar geysers.

Dr Undenge said the government has also put in place various mechanisms to promote the use of solar energy in the country like waiving duty on all solar products but said due to abuse of such facilities, the move has been reversed.

The Minister of Small to Medium Enterprises and Cooperatives Development, Cde Sithembiso Nyoni commended the manufacturing company for assisting in the fight against load-shading through their energy saving initiative.

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) is currently on an awareness drive, encouraging consumers to switch from incandescent bulbs to energy savers as a way to save energy and money.

The ban on energy consuming bulbs takes effect next month.