Download a copy of the Statutory Instrument (SI) 86 of 2018 on Electricity (Net Metering) Regulations on the link below.
According to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA), the gazetting of Electricity (Net Metering) Regulations Statutory Instrument 86 of 2018 further liberalised the energy space, allowing consumers to be part of the power generation process while being consumers of power (prosumers). The authority further said:
Net Metering is a solar incentive program that allows domestic and industrial users of power to be part of the generation mix as they can also store energy in the electric grid.
When one’s solar PV system produces more electricity than is needed, that excess energy is fed to the grid in exchange for credits. These credits can be used to offset the electricity bill for the home or business owner. The consumer is however credited 80% of the units supplied to the grid.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe is facing a huge power deficit attributed to ageing equipment at Hwange Thermal Power Station and dwindling water levels at Kariba Dam.
Analysts have been calling for the removal of restrictions to those intending to import energy materials and those intending to invest in power alternatives including solar.