Harare – Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) is inviting solar energy producers in the private sector to join the net metering program with the aim to stop the importation of electricity and help the country save foreign currency.
Chronicles reveals that, ZETDC depicted in a statement that it is targeting private solar energy producers, with excess output, who can support the national grid through the gri-tied inventor and a smart meter, which measures both power consumption by their customers and the amount of electricity supplied to that grid.
“Any customer willing to participate in net metering is required to complete application forms that are obtainable from ZETDC depots, district offices countrywide and the ZETDC website and pay the application fees,” said ZETDC.
ZETDC said customers’ accounts shall be credited with electricity power units only, not money, and through that way, customers will be able to keep their bills low.
“Net metering is beneficial to the utility and the nation at large through the saving of foreign currency as there will be less power imports,” said ZETDC.
Zimbabwe has been loosing a lot of foreign currency on importing electrical power from foreign electrical suppliers like Eskom in South Africa , and Mozambique’s Hydro Cahora Bassa.
After Zimbabwe’s failure to service a US$80 million debt, Eskom denied continuation of supplying electrical power to the Zimbabwe’s electrical power grid.
Zimbabwe was also denied power imports by the Cahora Bassa after its failure to clear a US$45 million dept.
Normally, Zimbabwe needs 14 00 MW in summer and 16 00 MW in winter but due to the lack of periodic rehabilitation of the thermal power stations and low water levels at hydro-power stations, the country has been failing to sustain itself, hence importation was the only way to remain afloat and meet the demand of the needed MW.