GOVERNMENT on Wednesday banned the installation of new electrical geysers, Zim Morning Post has learnt.
It is now mandatory for all new buildings to be fitted with solar heaters, and this was revealed in a new Statutory Instrument 235 of 2019 issued by the Ministry of Energy and Power Development.
Applications for exemption to install electrical geysers will be processed in 30 days by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera).
The exemption will, however, not include building structures that are not possible, technically, to have a solar water geyser installed on them such as residential high-rise flats.
The ministry is on record stating that electric geysers consume 280MW annually and account for 40% of all household power consumption.
“The adoption of solar geysers would spare the country from paying more for power and from greenhouse gas emissions as electric geysers consumed 40 percent at household level,” said former permanent secretary Partson Mbiriri then.
Industry players said the move would create employment for indigenous companies willing to invest in solar energy.
Government said it will come up with incentives for consumers to switch to energy-efficient heating systems, which will benefit the utility, consumers and the nation at large.