The Zimbabwean government has said the target for universal access to energy by 2030 is achievable provided stakeholders are willing to embrace new technologies.
Minister of Energy and Power Development, Zhemu Soda spoke during the launch of a biogas project at Ruya Adventist High School in Mt Darwin and said the treasury has allocated 70 million Zimbabwe dollars towards rural electrification. He said:
Provision of biogas will no doubt bring numerous benefits to the institutions and the surrounding communities. Embrace the new technologies and I would like to urge schools, clinics other government institutions, rural households and farms to take advantage of the Rural Electrification program and raise their standard of living through maximum use of raw waste.
ZBC News reports that the Rural Electrification Fund countrywide has so far established 82 rural institutional facilities to ease energy challenges in communities.
Meanwhile, Rural Electrification Fund Board Member, Engineer Patridge Ndemera said the target for universal access to energy by 2030 is achievable adding that the Fund had made efforts in extending electricity grid infrastructure to rural areas.
This comes when last year the country recorded the worst power shortages in the past decade resulting in low production across sectors.
ZBC News reports that the Rural Electrification Fund has electrified a total of 9 507 rural Institutions countrywide using both grid and solar technology in line with the National Energy Renewable Energy Policy launched by President Mnangagwa in March this year.
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