Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) Senior Engineer Samuel Zaranyika said they are pursuing to put into effect an act that will not allow any house plan to be approved without solar gysers.
Speaking on a workshop which was hosted by Guarantee Risk Solar Energy in Harare, Zaranyika said ZERA discourages the use of electric water heaters because they consume a lot of energy which is costly compared to the use of available solar energy which is cheap to harvest and utilize.
“We are actually discouraging the use of electric power geysers
“We are pushing an act that we are saying if you have a plan for a house without solar geyser it will not be approved”
The move is to mitigate and compensate problems caused by the ever increasing demand and short supply of electricity in the country.
“The demand is going high and the amount of electricity we produce is not sufficient. We end up experiencing load shedding from Zesa, but through the use of solar water heaters we can actually mitigate that problem.”
He also added that the government lifted import duty on solar related commodities to encourage the utilization of solar and wind energy.
“The importation of solar related gadgets such as solar panels, batteries, invertors among others is duty free although we are still working on wind related items”
In addition Zaranyika said ZERA is engaging with Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) so that they review tariffs charged on individuals and organizations that use water to generate electricity.
“We want Zinwa to review the non-consumptive use tariffs on Zinwa Hydro dams, we expect it to reduce the fees so as to motivate production in the hydro electric sector”
Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Company (ZETDC) last week Friday went into phase 2 of load shedding because of technical faults at Hwange, depriving the public of the already scarce utility.