Solar Water Heating Programme on cards

GOVERNMENT is set to launch the national Solar Water Heating Programme (SWHP) by March which aims to install and retrofit 250 000 solar geysers over the next five years.

BY TARISAI MANDIZHA

This development comes as government has begun making legislative amendments to ban the use of electric geysers in the country which could save an estimated 300MW to 400MW of power on the national grid.

Speaking at a media briefing in Harare on Friday, Energy and Power Development minister Samuel Undenge said preparations for the Solar Water Heating Programme were now at an advanced stage.

Undenge said government was working on a number of projects to increase power generation in the country.

National power demand was currently estimated at about 2 200 MW against available generation capacity of around 1 200 MW and installed capacity of 1 960 MW.

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In previous reports Undenge said concerted efforts were underway to gazette appropriate secondary legislation to enforce the new solar water heating standards, looking at remodeling the model building by-laws.

He said the programme would compel all new housing programmes to ensure that solar heaters become mandatory at every new house before connection to the grid, with incentives being put in place.

Undenge said government had instructed Zesa Enterprises to embark on production of solar water heaters as the geysers would be manufactured locally and that government will also go to tender for three additional local manufacturers.

In his 2016 National Budget, Finance and Economic Development minister Patrick Chinamasa said: “In order to take advantage of the abundance of solar energy in the country, ZPC has signed Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contracts for the construction of Insukamini and Gwanda solar plants with potential to generate 100MW each.

“The parastatal is undertaking feasibility studies, necessary for the mobilisation of funds for the projects.”

7 Responses to Solar Water Heating Programme on cards

  1. GIFT January 19, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    Good project. I hope it will be done.

  2. mc January 19, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

    How about using those same resources to build a power station that generates same 300-400 mw?? Retardation truly knows no limits. Just another corruption opportunity.

  3. angiebecker778 January 19, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

    I q­ui­­­t wo­­­rk­­­­ing m­­­y de­­s­k jo­­­b an­­d n­­o­w, I st­­­art­­­e­d e­­arn­­­in­­g 9­­5 b­­­­­­uck­­­­­­s ho­­­­ur­­­­­l­y…H­­­­o­w I d­i­d i­­­­­­t? I a­­m f­reelan­­­­­cing o­v­­­­­­­er t­h­­­­­e i­n­t­­­­­­­­­­­­ernet! M­­­y la­­­s­t jo­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­b d­id­­­n’t e­­­­­xact­­­­­ly m­­­­­­­­ak­­­­­­e m­­­­­­­­e ha­­­­­­­­­pp­­­­­­y s­­­­­­­­­o I w­­­­­an­t­e­­­­­­d t­­­­­o t­­­­­­­­ak­e a b­­r­e­ak a­­­­nd h­­­av­­­e a f­­­re­­sh s­­tar­­t… A­­­­f­t­e­r 6 y­­­r­s I­t w­­­­as we­­­­­i­rd fo­­r m­e t­o le­­­­­ave m­­y p­­re­­­vi­­­ous j­­­­ob a­n­­­­­d n­­­­­­ow I a­m del­­­igh­ted we­­­r­e i am

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  4. Maphosa January 19, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

    Good ideas on the table but how they will be implemented is very pathetic.Solar energy generation is a better way to reduce power cuts,create employment in Zimbabwe.

  5. Observer January 19, 2016 at 10:45 pm #

    I find it rather unfair that the taxpayers of this nation have to fork more money out of their pockets because of the government-incumbent’s incapability to get their act in order and act competently. If, instead of spending tax money on buying government officials posh houses and luxurious cars the likes of which are uncommon in Africa, they channeled the money into upgrading the infrastructure of our country, none of this would be going on.

  6. zim pipo January 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

    use the miney to build another power station period

  7. zim pipo January 20, 2016 at 5:47 pm #

    use the miney to build another power station period. zesa can still manufacturer the solar geysers and add some competition in that sector and pipo will still buy them if they’re affordable. I don’t see the need for a whole cabinet and Parliament to spent time and resources to put down a law for that.

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