Tariroyashe Goredema, H-Metro Reporter
MINISTER of Energy and Power Development, Fortune Chasi, has urged Government institutions to switch off power after working hours to save energy.
Speaking at a workshop on the Change Project under the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) on renewable energy yesterday, Minister Chasi said there should be increased uptake of renewable energy.
“Government complexes should learn to save electricity by switching off all energy consuming machines after working hours in order to save power.
“There should be undisputed electricity supply in order to avoid inconveniences caused by power cuts especially at hospitals and banks where the use of electricity is critical,” he said.
Minister Chasi said the long term solutions to electricity problems in Zimbabwe was through the use of mini hydro scheme.
“The Ministry has a target of generating 150MW of installed capacity from rivers and dams through the mini hydro scheme.
“Currently up to 30MW have been installed from mini hydros in the Manicaland and Masvingo provinces as the national solar water heater programme targets to install at least 250 000 geysers by 2030,” he said.
Energy and Power Development secretary Dr Gloria Magombo said renewable energy was the way to go.
“Renewable energy technologies are the backbone of a smart economy, as a country our economy is agro based, corporates and industries need reliable energy and electricity supply to boost their productivity.
“Government approved the National Renewable Energy Policy in the first week of August and this policy focuses on promoting investment in the renewable energy sector by providing specific incentives,” she said.