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Zimbabwe’s energy minister Samuel Undenge, the country has the capacity to produce 1,600MW of electricity from renewable energy resources by 2030.

However, he said the southern African country lacks the technology to exploit its resources, the Financial Gazette reported.

Minister Undenge said: “Our country, Zimbabwe is blessed with numerous renewable energy resources, that if well harnessed can supply 10,000GWh of energy per year.”

The energy minister was speaking at a recently held workshop on renewable energy.

He emphasised that the country needs to recognise renewable energy technologies as an important energy supply option as well as key resources for addressing universal energy access whereby more than half of its population does not have access to electricity.

“Around 60 per cent of this country’s population is still not connected to the national electricity grid,” Undenge said.

Also speaking at the same event was energy secretary Patson Mbiriri who said Zimbabwe’s current thermal and hydro electricity supply is insufficient to meet the country’s electricity demand.

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“Renewable energy sources such as solar, biomass, biogas and wind are capable of mitigating our country’s energy shortfall and offer a solution to the challenges brought about by the use of fossil fuels,” Mbiriri noted.

In 2016, Zimbabwe presented a 33 per cent per capita greenhouse gas energy emission reduction target by 2030, as part of its pledge to reducing its carbon footprint.

However, climate experts advised the country to adopt renewable energy technologies in order to realise for this goal.

The then minister of energy and power development, Victor Kandoro, at the time said: “The ministry of energy and power development is currently developing a renewable energy policy which seeks to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy technologies in both rural and urban areas.

“Barriers to the adoption of the technologies will be addressed in the policy framework.

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