Zimbabwe has 16 power projects at various stages of construction with a potential of generating 6 000 megawatts of power when complete which is significant towards ending the power deficit within the region.
The power projects have the potential to transform the country’s energy sector considering the current deficit of between 600 to 900 megawatts.
Some of the projects have been in the pipeline for a long time as they are funded by the private sector while others are government funded.
Major projects driven by the private sector are the Lusulu in Binga with a potential to produce 1 200 megawatts, Sengwa with 1 200 megawatts, China Africa Sunlight Energy at Gwayi and Makomo in Hwange each producing 600 megawatts.
Besides the involvement of independent power producers, there are green sites which include Batoka South Bank with a target of 1 400 megawatts, Hwange western area with 1 200 megawatts, Deveil’s Gorge with 1 000 megawatts among others.
The completion of these projects will see the nation saving foreign exchange of over 300 million used for the importation of power in the first six months of this year.
Minister of Energy and Power Development, Dr Samuel Undenge is optimist that the nation will be energy sufficient in the forthcoming years as efforts are being directed towards the implementation of some of the projects.
Solar power projects have attracted foreign direct investment which has the potential to contribute significantly to the growth of the economy.
Wide consultations on the renewable energy policy being undertaken by stakeholders are believed to be the solution in attracting investment in the energy sector.