Govt to avail renewable energy

HARARE - Energy and Power Development minister Simon Khaya Moyo says the biogas digester programme being spearheaded by the Rural Electrification Fund (REF) is part of government’s strategy to avail environmentally-friendly, sustainable and renewable energy services.

The minister made the remarks while commissioning a biogas project at Bradley High School in Shamva District at the weekend.

A biogas digester, also known as a methane digester, is a piece of equipment which can turn organic waste into usable fuel.

“My ministry is currently finalising the National Renewable Energy Policy which outlines some action plans for the development of renewable and clean energy solutions to lighting, space heating, cooking and bio fuels,” said Khaya Moyo, adding that the National Renewable Energy Policy will work in tandem with the Rural Energy Master Plan.

Khaya Moyo said institutional biogas programme, under which REF established a biogas digester powered by manure from a nearby cattle fattening pen at Bradley High School, was making a mark in various parts of the country.

The commissioning of the Bradley High School Biogas Project was attended by various dignitaries who included Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs minister Advocate Martin Dinha, Power Development permanent secretary Partson Mbiriri, local Member of Parliament Nicholas Goche, traditional leaders, REF chief executive officer Joshua Vunganai Mashamba and REF board members.

In a speech read on his behalf by fellow board member and Mashonaland Central provincial administrator Cosmas Chiringa, REF board chairperson Willard Chiwewe said they were currently training builders who will construct the biogas digesters.

“Builders have received training under the institutional biogas programme, while an additional 84 have been trained in domestic biogas technology.

“To achieve wider access to biogas energy by rural communities, REF will continue with the rollout programme as well as continue to build capacity in biogas technology,” said Chiwewe.

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