Tag: Alternatives for ZESA


Load Shedding Is Back With A Vengeance: ZESA Has Not Released A Schedule

A lot of people at the TechZim office have been complaining about power outages and I think I have noticed a trend. There seems to be systematic power losses in most of Harare’s suburbs. In fact like clockwork, power goes out around 7:30-8:00 in my suburb and comes back around 15:00. Others at the office […]


Econet responds to market forces, reduces price on its Home Power Station, again

Earlier today the operator announced, on social media, a clearance sale for the HPS which will see the price being reduced by $50 to $49. The offer is valid while stocks last and it becomes the third price reduction for the Power Station since it was first introduced by Econet in 2012.


Looking for a ZESA & LP Gas alternative? Try this solar stove

On the solar energy tip, other users are looking beyond lights and geysers. An example of that is the solar stove we came across in Harare. It’s being sold by a local trader, Solomon Marimo, who says he identified this type of solar stove in South Africa and has been trying to create a local distribution line.


Waiting for the rains

In the meantime, just take my advice, go buy yourself a generator or a solar system because even if the rain comes this problem is only going to get worse.


Let’s blame ZESA & Govt, but the “banned geyser” isn’t such a bad idea

The move by the government to start banning the use of geysers has been roundly criticised as a defensive strategy to solve a problem that needs something more proactive. However, there are some benefits that it could bring that people should consider.


Cheaper VSAT in Zim, YoStore, energy alternatives & Econet vs POTRAZ – Podcast

In this episode of the Techzim podcast, we discuss Econet and Liquid Telecom’s reaction to POTRAZ’s Infrastructure Sharing strategy, the iWayAfrica VSAT products that just got so much cheaper and the online retailing platform YoStore from the ISP, YoAfrica.


Here’s why most LP Gas retailers are operating illegally

Most LP Gas resellers have not gone through the process of applying for a retail licence and are operating hazardously in undesignated spots. From corruption to complicated licensing, here are some of the reasons why this situation is prevalent.


Unboxing Econet’s $99 Home Power Station

Here are some more details on the $99 Econet Home Power Station (HPS) which received a discount recently. The current model of the HPS is being sold on a cash only basis, and it does not have prepaid payment plan as was the case with the first models introduced by Econet Solar.


Econet reduces the price of its Home Power Station to $99

Econet has lowered the price of the current model of the ZESA Busting Home Power Station from its current price of $163 to $99. A $64 discount on any item deserves some notice, but also raises questions.


Econet wades further into energy business, buys Redan Gas

Local mobile operator Econet Wireless has reportedly bought Redan Gas. This marks Econet’s further investment into energy solutions that will involve the distribution of LP Gas through two plate stoves and composite cylinders.


Competition for Tesla & ZESA as Mercedes Benz enters the battery market

Just like Tesla, Mercedes Benz has entered the home battery market. The German car brand has unveiled its own home battery. This gives people frustrated with ZESA an alternative.


Solar Power for Dummies Part 7: Inverters

  This is the latest post in our series on building a solar power solution for the home. So for the past couple of weeks or so we have looked at panels, batteries, wires, and the charge controller. By this time, you would have learned three things: building a good solar system requires patience a […]


Solar Power for Dummies Part 6: Regulators

This is the latest article in the series “Solar Power for Dummies.” As we said in the previous article, the components we have looked at so far are good enough to build a rudimentary solar system, a very crude one that is in many ways dangerous both to you and to itself. One way to […]


Solar Power for dummies part 5: The wires and cables

This is part 5 in our series focused on solar power as an alternative to ZESA, and a DIY approach to setting it up. We have already looked at the basics, budgeting, the panels¬†and the batteries.¬†The only thing remaining are the wires and you should be able to create a functional solar off-the-grid solar system, […]


Solar Power for Dummies part 4: The Batteries

If you ask anyone with a Solar Power system what the most vulnerable part of their system is, you will no doubt be told it’s the batteries. Batteries are perhaps the most delicate part of any off the grid solar system and while your solar panel is going to last for eons, it is unlikely […]


Solar Power for Dummies Part 3: The panels

Now that we have calculated our power needs and know exactly the Wattage rating of the Solar system we need it is time to build it; or if you decide to chicken out, find someone to do it for you. Those still struggling with the budget should know that most electrical devices come with a […]