Articles tagged 'electricity'

Four private firms seek Zera licensing 19 September 2018 HARARE - Four privately-owned entities have approached the Zimbabwe Energy Regulation Authority (Zera) seeking electricity generation licences. When licensed, the entities will construct, own, operate and maintain the proposed solar systems. In a notice issued in the press yesterday, the re...
Pre-paid electricity meters too expensive 30 June 2018 EDITOR — While the move to have residents purchase their own household electricity pre-paid meters is a noble idea, there still lingers many questions regarding their accessibility. We acknowledge that Zesa Holdings has been hamstrung by residents who are neglecting their bills and therefore c...
Private firms import electricity meters 25 April 2018 HARARE - The first batch of prepaid electricity meters imported by private firms that were recently licensed to sell the gadgets to consumers has arrived in the country, a senior government official has said. This was after the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) in February licensed 1...
Zesa disappointing residents 25 February 2018 EDITOR — New dispensation, my foot! Apparently we are being told this is a new era with improved service delivery and improved standard of living when Zesa Holdings cannot attend a minor fault in Chadcombe covering less than 20 houses? I am a resident in the area and we have been in darknes...
Uncertainty grips solar projects 16 November 2017 HARARE - Mystery continues to surround the country’s solar projects after the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) said it is on the market to raise funding for the projects. The State Procurement Board last year awarded tenders for solar power projects with a combined output of 300 megawatts (MW) to ...
Solar projects hit by funding challenges 17 October 2017 HARARE - Three major solar projects are hanging in the balance on the back of acute funding challenges, a junior minister said. Energy deputy minister Tsitsi Muzenda last week told the Senate that the $202 million Gwanda Solar Project, Munyati and Bulawayo-located Insunkamini project were all ...
Harare moves to turn organic waste into energy 31 August 2017 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) is awaiting government approval to launch power plants to convert waste into energy at Pomona landfill and Mbare bio-gas digesters. HCC spokesperson Michael Chideme told the Daily News:  “Work at Pomona is at an advanced stage in terms of awarding the contrac...
Zim Power Company records $25m profit 17 August 2017 HARARE - National power utility Zesa Holdings subsidiary — Zimbabwe Power Company — has become one of the few government entities to record a profit. The State-owned company’s managing director Noah Gwariro said ZPC has recorded a $25,3 million profit after tax for the year ended December 31, ...
'No power tariff hike yet' 12 August 2017 HARARE - Electricity tariff hikes will only be effected once the review of Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC)’s supply capacity is completed, the energy industry regulator said. Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) chief executive Gloria Magombo said powe...
'Parly didn't give fuel duty exemption to Dema Plant' 1 August 2017 HARARE - The Executive by-passed Parliament in giving fuel excise duty exemption to the controversial Dema Diesel Power Plant, a senior legislator has said. Sakunda, owned by Zanu PF benefactor Kuda Tagwirei, partnered President Robert Mugabe’s in-law Derrick Chikore, brother to Simba, who is ...
Caution thrown to the wind in Dema power project 25 July 2017 HARARE - Former War Veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa has charged that the $250 million Dema Emergency Power Plant was a money-spinning project by the ruling party's G40 faction. Sakunda, owned by Zanu PF benefactor Kuda Tagwirei, partnered President Robert Mugabe's in-law Derrick Chikore, br...
Dema power project dead in the water 21 July 2017 HARARE - The $250 million Dema Power Plant — set up to provide emergency power in the wake of electricity shortages due to low water levels in Kariba Dam — has been mothballed on the back of fuel challenges, it has been learnt. A short-term initiative implemented to alleviate the country's pow...
Crippling power cuts looming 20 July 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's power imports for the first quarter of 2017 went up by about 10 percent as local production slumped 23 percent, a development that local energy experts anticipate to result in load shedding if not properly managed. With a local demand of about 1 400 Megawatts (MW), the coun...
Bindura sued over $116k Zesa debt 1 June 2017 HARARE - The Bindura Municipality (Bindura) has been dragged to the High Court for failing to pay a $116 000 Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) debt. ZETDC is a subsidiary of the State power utility Zesa Holdings. “The defendant (Bindura) is indebted/liable t...
Zimbos fear for the worst 24 May 2017 HARARE - There are growing fears among long-suffering Zimbabweans that the country is on the verge of a complete implosion — after it was confirmed earlier this week that the country is failing to pay its external electricity suppliers. This comes as stressed banks have also warned that the bo...
ZPC to ramp up power production 8 May 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is expected to produce more electricity this year due to improved water levels at Kariba Dam, the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) has said. This comes as the country endured power cuts almost daily last year due to a devastating drought in 2015 that saw water levels declining by...
Community solar project for Mhondoro Ngezi 19 March 2017 HARARE - Hundreds of households in Mhondoro Ngezi are set to benefit from a low cost solar system that was launched by government last week. The solar product can be used to power lights, irons, refrigerators and solar pumps and is being rolled out by Angaza, Greenlight Planet, Kiva Internatio...
Zera dims light on incandescent bulbs 15 February 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe has banned the manufacture and importation of incandescent light bulbs in an effort to save electricity and reduce power outages. The country needs about 2 200MW of power, but is only able to generate about half of its power requirements from domestic sources. According St...
Miners call for lower power tariffs 7 February 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean miners have urged national power utility, Zesa Holdings, to reduce its electricity tariffs in an effort to boost the country’s mineral output. Mines minister Walter Chidakwa last week said he was lobbying for a special power tariff of $0,04 per kilowatt hour (kwh) from the ...
Cash crisis hits power generation 29 December 2016 HARARE - National power utility Zesa Holdings (Zesa) says it is struggling to generate enough electricity to cater for the whole country due to the worsening cash crunch and lack of foreign currency. The company’s subsidiary, Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC), yesterday said it produced a total of ...
Brace for worse blackouts in 2017 16 December 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe's chronic electricity shortages are set to get worse in 2017 as the country's main source of power, Kariba Dam, continues to record low water levels despite the current rains. At the same time, the country also continues to battle to mobilise enough resources to pay for power...
Zesa raises power generation capital 15 December 2016 HARARE - National power utility, Zesa Holdings (Zesa), said it anticipates to have raised its share of the $1,4 billion Hwange Power project by first quarter next year. This was after the parastatal last week got a parliamentary approval for a $1 billion loan facility from the China Export-Imp...
6 000 pre-paid electricity meters condemned 7 November 2016 HARARE - About 6 000 pre-paid electricity meters installed by Chinese contractor, ZTE, were condemned with the Energy ministry cancelling the ZTE contract on the back of this failure rate, a Cabinet minister said. Energy minister Samuel Undenge, last week told the National Assembly that to dat...
Power equipment exempted from import duty 27 September 2016 HARARE - Power utility Zesa’s subsidiaries have been exempted from paying import duty on spares and equipment following provisions gazetted last week under Statutory Instrument 113 of 2016. The government gazette published on Friday stated that Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa had in terms o...
Zesa loses $14m to vandalism 20 May 2016 VICTORIA FALLS - Zesa Holdings (Zesa) has said it has lost equipment and infrastructure worth $14,1 million between 2011 and 2015 to vandalism. The national power utility said yesterday despite increased acts of vandalism, it was still taking action to improve its infrastructure. “In mitiga...