The Zimbabwean government is considering to formulate a legislative framework that outlaws the use of electric geysers in households and institutional buildings, as it urges citizens to embrace solar thermal technologies. According to Government, this will assist in saving and reducing the current power import bill.

Speaking at the launch of the Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap and Implementation Plan (STTRIP) yesterday, Energy and Power Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo said in the agriculture sector, the use of solar dryers to preserve crop yields may help increase the food’s shelf life whilst retaining the relevant nutrients.

Dr Gumbo said STTRIP was initiated by the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN) and the Ministry of Energy and Power Development. Soltrain is financed by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). Dr Gumbo said the project was run with partner countries which included Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia.

He said STTRIP supported the Government’s vision of making the country achieve its target by 2030 and to achieve this there was need to uplift the standards of living for the citizens and the Gross National Income per capita and energy plays a pivotal role in this regard.

Source: The Herald