Category archives for: Solar & wind

Zimbabwe sugar farmers dump electricity for solar power

Sugar cane farmers in Chiredzi, Lowveld, Zimbabwe turn to solar energy

from PATRICK CHITONGO in Chiredzi, Zimbabwe CHIREDZI, (CAJ News) – SOME sugarcane farmers in southeastern Zimbabwe are shifting to solar energy to fend off serious shortages of electricity in the country. The power deficit afflicting the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) Holdings is affecting the operations of companies in the country already performing below capacity. […]

Consortium finances access to solar energy

Solar energy storage plant

by AKANI CHAUKE JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – EFFORTS to promote access to renewable energy in the African continent have received an investment boost of U$18 million from a consortium of lenders. D.light, a pioneering manufacturer and provider of solar power products, has secured the funding. The financing will be used to further grow D.light’s operations […]

No research on water despite persistent drought

Vaal Dam

from DION HENRICK in Cape Town CAPE TOWN, (CAJ News) – RESEARCHERS are concerned over decreased expenditure on water security research despite serious drought problems across Southern Africa. The concern raised at the African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa conference and exhibition held in South Africa. South Africa is a water scarce country, yet expenditure […]

New solar heat systems save millions in SADC

Presentation Board Display in the giant solar plant at Witwatersrand University, South Africa

by TINTSWALO BALOYI JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – MILLIONS of people are set to be saved in energy costs following the launch of two of the largest sub-Saharan solar systems in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Austrian Ambassador officially launched the facilities in Johannesburg on Wednesday. These Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration (SOLTRAIN) projects include […]

Gona reZhou goes ‘green’ to offset electricity challenges

Giant elephant at the Gonarezhou National Park, Chiredzi, Zimbabwe

from PATRICK CHITONGO in Chikombedzi, Zimbabwe CHIKOMBEDZI, (CAJ News) – ONE of Zimbabwe’s leading tourist attractions, the Gonarezhou National Park, has embraced solar energy in the wake of insufficient electricity supply in the Southern African country. Park operators are making the most of the vast sunshine available, with the 5 000-square kilometre animal sanctuary located […]

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