Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates



Chiredzi Solar Plant Approved.

A local independent power producer, Triangle Solar System (TSS) has received approval from ZERA to build a 90 megawatt solar installation in Chiredzi. What is TSS? Triangle Solar Systems is an independent power producer that got a licence from ZERA this May for the Chiredzi Plant. In October of last year they were one of […]

Masiyiwa’s Re-Imagine Rural Initiative Completes 100KW Solar Project

Strive Masiyiwa’s Reimagine Rural Initiative has been pretty active over the last few years. The mandate of the initiative is to promote entrepreneurs with solutions to improve rural Africa. The US$100m fund was set up last February. Most recently, Reimagine Rural managed to build a 100KW solar plant which will support 70 businesses in Ndolwane. […]

Goodbye ZESA, DPA Is The Future

Last year, we reported on how Econet would leverage the 3000 hours of sunshine/year to reduce their own reliance on ZESA through DPA (Distributed Power Africa). At the time I thought DPA would mostly power in-house projects but their recent activity suggests that I couldn’t have been further from the truth than I was. 12 […]

Econet Going Green: Licence To Construct Solar Power Plant Approved

Econet Wireless’ plans to have their data centre run on solar energy are well documented and in January they applied for a licence to build a 0.45MW power plant for their own use. That application has been accepted by ZERA, so I guess Econet will be going ahead with their plan as intended. The media […]

GOING SOLAR: Solar Power Design Basics – Solar Charge Controllers

The Article below is a sponsored article with content supplied by Clamore Power. Please see our policy on sponsored stories. In our mission to understand GOING SOLAR, last week we started looking at solar power systems major components. The four major components we are looking at before we design a basic system are the following: Inverter Battery Charge Controller […]

GOING SOLAR: Solar Power Design Basics – Solar Panels

We have looked at the basics of power consumption and energy management. Once you have achieved near perfect energy management through either physical means or by changing to energy efficient equipment, you are ready to GO SOLAR A lot of articles have been written about the components that form the solar powered electric system, view […]

Here is a guide to a more energy efficient home

The Article below is a sponsored article with content supplied by Clamore Power. Please see our policy on sponsored stories. As a scaling up of our understanding of power related issues, let us look at energy management and energy efficiency. Energy Management is the process of monitoring, controlling, and conserving energy in a building. It has a physical and […]

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.

Why aren’t solar-powered laptops a popular idea?

With the consistent shortage in ZESA electricity, I am seriously wondering why solar laptops are not a popular idea. Wouldn’t a solar powered laptop solve the battery problem for a lot of people?

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 Access could be the prepaid power solution we’ve all been waiting for

If you’re reading this from Zimbabwe, you’re probably as frustrated as all of us about the erratic supply of power within cities. Yours, ours, is the smaller problem. In the rural areas, most are completely off the grid completely and don’t have a ZESA to constantly vent their frustrations at on Twitter! A number of companies […]

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 […]

Solar Power for dummies Part 2: Getting to know your devices

Now that we have gotten the introduction stuff out of the way its time for you to get acquainted with some of the basics of electricity in general and solar power in particular. I won’t be introducing anything scary, I promise, just the basics you snoozed through during the Physics and Integrated Science lessons. A […]

Solar Power for dummies part 1: Introduction

I am well aware my esteemed colleague has already written a guide on solar power. This guide is different, penned with dummies in mind by a man who is also, when it comes to solar power and electricity in general, a dummy, who has taken a journey in the solar world. It is not a treatise […]

ZESA needs help

There is a joke currently doing rounds in the social media about how leaders can make their nations happy. While for most nations this is a very difficult and often complicated feat that involves well timed multi-faceted plans: for Zimbabwe it is very simple. All one needs to do, the joke goes, is to switch […]