At least 300 000 rural households are set to be solar-powered under a $4 million facility aimed at eliminating use of non-renewable energy sources. The project roll-out will start with an initial 24 000 households in Mhondoro-Ngezi, before it spreads to other districts of Mashonaland West Province and the country. It is a partnership between Mhondoro-Ngezi Rural District Council, Zonful Energy and other partners.
Modelled around the prepaid system, this is set to complement the rural electrification programme and bridge the energy gap between rural and urban communities.
Speaking at the launch of the project at Mamina Business Centre in Mhondoro, Mashonaland West Minister of State Cde Faber Chidarikire said it will help in safeguarding the environment.
“The product will go a long way in the conservation of our environment. That is, forest conservation and reduction of pollution from burning kerosene,” he said.
“It is relevant to the nation’s energy policy as it responds to some of the policy’s objectives, which are increased access to affordable energy services to all citizens, including rural communities.”