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IT is fast becoming crucial for farmers to invest in solar-powered systems to generate reliable electricity supplies for irrigation purposes if their intentions to commercialise operations are to succeed. Unreliable or lack of access to the electricity grid is a major obstacle for many Zimbabwean farmers.
Boreholes, water tanks and drip irrigation systems from Norwegian People’s Aid give the women year-round access to clean water and the ability to farm crops regardless of climate change-induced water scarcity. The initiative has also provided a dependable source of food that has helped to improve food security and nutrition.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the Global Fund last month installed solar systems in over 1 000 clinics, pharmacies, warehouses, cold rooms, laboratories and other health facilities across the country under the ongoing Solar for Health (SH4F) initiative.
REF has embarked on a number of initiatives which include bio-digesters, solar mini-grids and grid electricity. Through this initiative, it has powered schools, business centres, clinics, households and Government sub-offices.The projects are being run under the climate adaptation, water and energy programme in conjunction with development partners
Unesco has donated solar training equipment worth US$65 000 to Zesa Holdings, a move which will spearhead renewable energy capacity building as Zimbabwe seeks to attain universal electricity access by 2030.
Zimbabwe is in the process of developing a National Electric Mobility Policy, the country’s transport ministry announced recently. The framework would encompass the adoption, use and disposal of electric vehicles (EVs) as part of its efforts to mitigate climate change.
A solar-powered irrigation scheme is proving to be a stitch in time for some Masvingo province villages in the face of the El Niño-induced drought. The programme is being implemented in Zimbabwe among another eleven countries in Eastern-Southern Africa. The initiative has so far helped over 20 000 farmers, who received a solar irrigation kit.
Solar solutions provider Solarpro Zimbabwe recently launched its innovative rent-to-buy programme, making clean and sustainable energy more accessible than ever for households and businesses. The conversation with the CEO also touched on challenges and opportunities found in the renewable energy industry. Find below excerpts of the interview.
Of the 1 500MW generated in Zimbabwe, almost two thirds now comes from coal with the balance generated from hydroelectric and solar power plants. Zimbabwe’s transition is anchored on a number of policies launched in the last five years, principally the renewable energy policy that aims to add at least 2100 MW in power generation by 2030.

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