Solar Street Lighting Project Launched
Marondera streets were recently set alight, as the town launched its Street Lighting Project.
Speaking at the occasion, Minister of Energy and Power Development, Hon Dr Samuel Undenge said solar street lighting is one of the ways that can be used to realize the bridge on the overload.
This noble initiative was funded by Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission & Distribution Company (ZETDC). “The development of solar street lighting came a time when the national grid was under siege due to the demand – supply mismatch, said Hon Undenge”. According to Minister Undenge, government initiated the solar street lighting project in 2014 in small urban areas with the aim of addressing the increased power shortages. This development is in line with the economic blueprint ZIMASSET which was launched in 2012.
Dr Undenge said that the main thrust for this project is to ensure affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy for all by 2020. The United Nations Secretary General, Banki Moon launched the sustainable energy for all the initiatives with the aim of:
- Providing universal access to modern energy services
- Giving the global trend of improvement in energy services.
- Giving the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
According to Dr Undenge the government has already began improving the lighting projects in line with the sustainable development goal and sustainable energy goal. The majority of these projects aimed to utilise the abundant renewable energy resources in the country. “Renewable energy use in Zimbabwe is growing and its contribution to the energy mix will soon be visible,” he said.
The Minister added that wind generation is another area with a number of investors likely to set up wind generation units in the country. “Recent studies have shown that the wind regime at elevated sites is good enough, biogas construction is also ongoing in the country for use in institutions and ordinary households,” said Hon Dr Undenge.
34 institutional digesters and 200 domestic digesters have been constructed. He said more will be constructed before 2018. Municipalities are expected to utilise biogas from their sewage treatment works starting with Harare. At present Solar Energy is still used minimally in Zimbabwe, but a number of sizeable projects have been completed to date.