HARARE – With a huge energy crisis on its hands, the Zimbabwean government is set to introduce a new renewable energy policy. According to the country’s Energy and Power Development Minister, Fortune Chasi, the new policy will be launched simultaneously with the National Biofuels policy.
“The policies are setting overall targets for renewable energy based on the nationally determined contributions (NDCs). The renewable energy policy aims to achieve an installed renewable energy capacity of 1100 MW (excluding large hydro) or 16.5 percent of total electricity supply, whichever is higher, by 2025 and 2100 MW or 26.5 percent of total electricity supply, whichever is higher by 2030,” Chasi said at the official launch of the Zonful Energy Guruve branch recently.
This means the installed capacity of renewable energy, excluding large scale hydropower, is expected to increase from about five percent to 27 percent in 2030.
Chasi said government was also crafting incentives to accelerate the uptake of renewable energy.
The biofuels policy mainly focuses on liquid biofuels in the transport sector during the period leading to the year 2030.
Zimbabwe is currently facing a huge deficit of electricity and fuel supplies due to a number of factors ranging from a severe drought to foreign currency shortages.
The country’s biggest source of electricity is the Kariba Dam whose hydropower generating capacity has been diminished by reduced water supplies after a severe drought during the 2018/2019 rain season in the dam’s catchment area.