Freeman Razemba Senior Reporter
Government is considering formulating a legislative framework that outlaws the use of electricity in households and institutional buildings, as it urges citizens to embrace solar thermal technologies. According to Government, this will assist in saving and reducing the current power import bill.
Speaking at the launch of the Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap and Implementation Plan (STTRIP) yesterday, Energy and Power Development Minister Dr. Joram Gumbo said that the shelf life whilst retaining the relevant nutrients.
"The hotel industry may also enjoy the services of solar water heating and solar space heating," he said. "Solar water heater technologies can also be used in a number of applications, including pre-heating of water in industries.
"Surely, the choice is ours: either to continue paying for huge electricity bills at the same time as polluting the environment and operating costs and save the environment.
"My ministry is considering formulating a legislative framework that outlaws the use of geysers in households and other institutional buildings. This may help to achieve its intended target of installing at least 250 000 solar geysers by 2030 as indicated in the draft Renewable Energy Policy. "
Dr. Gumbo said STTRIP was initiated by the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN) and the Ministry of Energy and Power Development.
Soltrain is financed by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
Dr. Gumbo said in Sadc, the project was run with partner countries which included Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia.
He said STTRIP supported the Government's vision of making the country achieved its target by 2030 and to achieve this there was a pivotal role in regard to this standard of living for the citizens and the Gross National Income.
"The provision of solar thermal energy for heating and cooling through the will help government roadmap achieves its target, as well as saving electricity which can then be channeled to the sectors of the economy," Dr. Gumbo said.
He said there was a gap between demand and supply of energy in the country and the deficit was a threat to the economy of vision.
Dr. Gumbo said energy supply was also dominated by fossil fuels that were environmentally unsustainable with attendant global warming and climate change effects.
He said that he was needing to decarbonise the energy supply by adopting renewable sources of energy which include solar thermal energy.
Dr. Gumbo called on educational institutions to call for research and development of solar thermal technologies that can be manufactured locally, with industry driving commercialization and manufacturing while providing support through various financing models.