Zimbabwe develops renewable energy policy

Zimbabwe’s energy regulator is in the process of developing a renewable energy policy, its CEO has said.

Gloria Magombo (pictured), head of the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA), was quoted as saying that the policy will address all the gaps [in the nation's current energy policy], such as incentives for increased uptake and investment in renewable energy and legislation, just to mention a few”.

ZERA is developing the policy in co-operation with the Ministry of Energy and Power Development. A renewable energy feed-in tariff (REFIT) framework has already been developed, although it has not yet been implemented.

"The feed-in tariffs were developed for renewable energy technologies applicable to Zimbabwe, such as solar PV, small hydro, biomass, bagasse and biogas," said Magombo. "REFIT is meant to promote renewable energy projects up to a maximum capacity of 10 MW.”

She added that ZERA has “put up funds for the process and expect in a few weeks to go to tender for the new policy development. We also intend to learn from our South African counterparts to develop the policy."

Describing the nation’s current energy policy as “fragmented”, Magombo said Zimbabwe also needs energy management regulations, clean energy funding mechanisms and a procurement framework for independent power producers (IPPs).

“We have developed a framework which clearly states what should be in a proper policy, what incentives should be in place, what issues we should be looking at to ensure more IPP participation,” she said.

“We’re going to involve a number of stakeholders,” she added. In addition to developing policy measures, ZERA is currently creating a database of Zimbabwe's renewable energy firms with a view toward helping to create a trade association.

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