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The Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory Authority (Zera) is requesting the registration of all renewable energy service providers in Zimbabwe.

The statutory body, established by the Energy Regulatory Authority Act [Chapter 13:23] of 2011, is inviting all qualified and experienced renewable energy service providers operating in Zimbabwe to register with the authority – to ensure consumers are able to access regulated and credible services.

In a website notice, Zera confirms that no fees are required upon registration. Read more…

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In other Zera news, the Business Reporter reported that the regulator has issued a license to Indo-Africa Power to construct, own, operate and maintain a solar power plant in Mutorashanga.

In a statement on Wednesday, Zera said subject to the Electricity Act and the terms and conditions of the licence, the licensee may supply electricity to any transmission, distribution or supply licence that purchase electricity for resale and with the approval of the authority to any other consumers, the Business Reported said.

The regulatory authority said: “The generation licence is hereby granted to Indo Africa Private Limited in terms of section 42 of the Electricity Act to construct, own, operate and maintain Indo Africa Mutorashanga Solar Power Plant for the purpose of generation and supply of electricity.”

The Business Reporter explained: “Through increased use of solar energy, the government hopes to cut residential power usage by 40%.

“Although Zera has licensed 23 independent power producers, only a few have implemented projects that were actually feeding into the national electricity grid to alleviate the energy shortages.”

Media added: “The Zimbabwe Power Company generates an average of 1,100MW against a national demand that peaks to 2,200MW during winter periods.

“To cover for the shortages, the power utility has been importing about 350MW from Eskom of South Africa and 50MW from Mozambique’s Hydro Cahora Bassa.”

 

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