By Marshall Bwanya
Government is set to adopt and implement a new Renewable Energy policy as a long term initiative to mitigate the severe power shortages the country has been facing.
Cabinet today considered and approved the Renewable Energy policy as an economic, and sustainable power source that could realise industrial growth and lower the cost of production as current power shortages have increased the cost of production and services for most mainstream businesses in the country.
The new proposed Renewable Energy policy will promote the utilisation of solar, hydro wind, geothermal and biomass energy sources to boost the country’s industrialisation and export. capacity which has dwindled over the decades.
Stakeholders across the country have welcomed government’s efforts to adopt the new Renewable Energy policy as a long term measure to resolve the current energy problems
“The new Renewable Energy policy is a stride in the right direction that will assist in remedying the power shortages that have negative ripple effects in the entire economy.
“Government should avail adequate investment strategies and device proper mechanisms to ensure the policy is a national success that bears fruit,” said Harare resident Samuel Nhira.
Nhira bemoaned that the current power crisis was negatively impacting the people’s socio-economicGovernment livelihoods who were being forced to source out expensive and unsustainable alternatives such as gas, firewood and plastics.
This publication has learnt that government will seek to intensify their efforts to promote the manufacturing of renewable energy equipment as well as local skills developed in that regard.
A noble initiative that was hailed by Nozithelo Tshuma a Bulawayo resident, who said the investing in local manpower and skills encompassed by the new policy would realise and improve the local production.
“The renewable energy policy on paper is a local manpower and skills oriented initiative if implemented appropriately will cut down the unemployment rate by a visible margin as well as promote local production,” she said.