Utilise solar to boost energy supply, Zim told

By Tamuka Charakupa

Local solar industry players have encouraged the nation to invest in sustainable renewable energy, not only as an alternative to electricity and other energy sources but also as a viable empowerment initiative.

The country enjoys at least seven hours of direct sunshine each day, which can be harnessed to boost energy supplies in the country.

It is against this background that a training workshop was held by a local solar company in Chimanimani this Saturday, with a focus on how to maximise on the natural resource.

Aa solar energy expert, Mr Farai Mandinenga recommended more investments in solar products.

“Solar investment is an alternative which the country should tap into because we enjoy a lot of sunshine.”

Participants at the training workshop noted the importance of such a capacity-building initiative.

“As women, we are grateful to have participated in such an eye-opener workshop because it opens us to vast opportunities in the solar industry that can empower us.”

“We have learnt that it is not only about installing a solar and an inverter, but also putting in place protective mechanisms in the event of an accident.”

The government recently confirmed having already lined up 20 solar projects by Independent Power Producers (IPP) in its 2020 Priority Areas of Enhancing Productivity for Growth programming.

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