A US$60 million investment in hydro-power projects has been completed in Mutasa district and six hydro-power projects are now generating 25 mega watts into the national grid.
The Minister of Energy and Power Development Dr Samuel Undenge toured the hydro-power projects in Hauna and underscored that the government envisages to establish universal access to energy by 2030.
Dr Undenge, accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in his ministry Mr Partson Mbiriri, toured the success story of hydro-power projects in Hauna, Mutasa district which have been completed by a local independent power producer, Nyangani Renewable Energy.
The independent power producer has just completed the sixth hydro-power station, Ngaruru, bringing the power generation to 25 mega watts.
According to Dr Undenge, a lot of investors have expressed interest with almost 20 projects expected to take off within a short space of time.
In an interview, Nyangani Renewable Energy Managing Director Mr Ian Mckersie said the projects have benefited the people of Honde Valley through improved infrastructure and employment creation.
The legislator for Mutasa North Cde Luke Masamvu said the hydro-power projects have brought development and business in the district.
It is envisaged that through the establishment of hydro power stations, the country’s import bill will be reduced.
The ministry is now emphasizing the need to invest in solar energy and ensure that the country achieves universal access by 2030.