The mandate of the Rural Electrification Fund is to facilitate rapid and equitable electrification of rural all areas of Zimbabwe as well as facilitating exploitation of renewable energy technologies such as solar and Biogas. Universal access to modern energy services by 2030.
As a matter of principle, REF will extend the electricity grid to rural public institutions, villages and other settlements through three regimes:-
1. Rural public institutions:
Health Centres .
Government extension and/or administrative outposts (veterinary, police, local authorities, etc.) .
Local communities through their local government structures represented by the Provincial Administrators identify and recommend projects to be implemented and these are done by REF with 100% capital subsidy. Normally, such institutions should be located within 5km from the nearest grid.
2. Community Driven projects
These include: ·
Irrigation schemes ·
Individual homesteads .
Business centres and other related projects
Communities may sort themselves into groups of a minimum of 10 households each and contribute 50% to the cost of electrifying their villages, farms, social institutions and any such settlements or end uses. REA is required to contribute the other 50% in the form of project materials.For individual homesteads, the subsidy is only 40%.
In either of the cases above, REF prepares a roll out program comprising a list of projects approved for implementation in consultation with the Provincial Administrators at the end of the current year for implementation in the following year.
3. Customer Fully Funded
Any other project that is neither for a rural institution nor government extension office in terms of this classification such as telecommunications base stations, nor any individual or group scheme that is not on the roll out program for that year and may not wish to wait for their turn may pay full cost of the project before the project is done.