Zimbabwe team in AP looking for solar power

VISAKHAPATNAM: A team from Zimbabwe, located in the southern part of Africa bordering South Africa, which is currently facing a serious energy crisis, is looking for partners to develop green energy projects in the land-locked country, particularly solar power units.

The team, headed by Zimbabwe’s deputy ambassador Peter Hobwani, is at the Global Investors Summit that started at the Andhra University Engineering College grounds in Visakhapatnam on Friday.

Talking to this correspondent, Hobwani said his country, though facing an energy crisis, prefers green energy, particularly in the solar power sector. He said he met an entrepreneur in New Delhi. However, after learning about the Visakhapatnam summit, he has flown down with a small team to explore partnership projects in green energy.

Peter Hobwani said he is impressed about the AP energy department attracting 35 investment proposals worth ₹8.5 lakh crore, which would create employment for more than a lakh people.

“My country needs around 4,000 megawatts of power. But it produces only 2,240 MW through its lone hydropower project and four coal-fired generators. Only 79 percent of Zimbabwe’s population has access to power,” the deputy ambassador underlined.

His associates said the extensive use of firewood has been leading to deforestation in their country. Electricity production capacity is too low for current levels of consumption.

As part of Zimbabwe’s national climate change response policy, the country has vowed to promote energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and develop low-carbon energy infrastructure.

“We are optimistic and hope to sign some MoUs before we fly back to New Delhi,” Peter Hobwani stated.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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