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Presentation at Zimbabwes First International Energy & Power Conference on Tuesday 27 th September 2011 by Nyikadzino Gonese.

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1 Presentation at Zimbabwes First International Energy & Power Conference on Tuesday 27 th September 2011 by Nyikadzino Gonese

2 Agenda Background to Solar in Zimbabwe Solar Opportunities in Zimbabwe Solar Solutions Required in Zimbabwe Hindrance to development of solar industry in Zimbabwe Proposed Way forward

3 Background to Solar in Zimbabwe 1992 GEF (Global Environment Fund) World Solar Summit held in Zimbabwe More than 50 solar companies formed and many rural installations done End of GEF Solar Project; closure of companies, no support for customers; lost confidence in solar GEF Lesson; passion; education key for prospects to appreciate the advantages of using solar; requisite skills for evaluation, design, installation, commissioning, warranty management, maintenance and on-going support key for the adoption of solar

4 Solar Opportunities in Zimbabwe 65% of sparse rural and farming communities Majority of Peri-urban families not also on the grid Urban dwellers experiencing severe power cuts Industry experiencing power shortages HighIrradiation Duty free 01/09/2010 (Except Batteries)

5 Solar Solutions Required in Zimbabwe :- Direct Current (DC) Solar Home Systems Solar powered cell-phones Multi purpose DC solar chargers Off-grid Alternating Current (AC) Solar power plants; Concentrated PhotoVoltaic (CPV) and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP); BIPV

6 Solar Solutions Required in Zimbabwe :- DC Solar Powered pumps for boreholes, wells, dams, irrigation, green houses etc DC Solar Powered Tobacco Curing Barns ( small scale farmers) Solar Street Lights, Traffic Lights, garden lights Solar for billboard advertising, indoor and outdoor advertising Solar Solutions for telecommunications Solar Solutions for Aviation, traffic and road signs

7 Solar Solutions Required in Zimbabwe Cont :- DomesticSolar Hot Water Systems IndustialSolar Hot Water Systems for use in hospitals, schools, hotels, sporting clubs, industrial processes, and swimming pools Solar systems for drying fresh produce Solar Refrigerators and deep freezers Solar cookers Solar and Wind Hybrids

8 Hindrance to development of solar industry in Zimbabwe Lack of supplier credit lines and trade finance. Local money expensive and short term No customer credit Cheap Generators Duty on Batteries Lack of incentives

9 Hindrance to development of solar industry in Zimbabwe Cont :- Lack of education on solar solutions Lack of requisite skills in evaluation, design, installation, commissioning and maintaining solar solutions

10 Proposed Way Forward Energy is the heart that pumps the blood of economic activity Removal of duties on batteries Removal of VAT on solar products Legislation on installation of solar geysers for new buildings Incentives for changing electric geysers to solar Channel REA funds to solar Educate Everyone – Time to Look to the Sun

11 Mazvita Siyabonga Thank You

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