Achievements


NATIONAL STATISTICS ON COMMISSIONED SOLAR MICRO GRID SYSTEMS 

Province

Secondary School

Primary Schools

RHC/

Clinics

Chiefs

Other

Total

Manicaland

16

1

23

0

0

40

Mashonaland Central

20

6

12

2

0

40

Mashonaland East

22

0

31

2

0

55

Mashonaland West

24

2

23

4

0

53

Masvingo

17

7

32

1

0

57

Matabeleland North

30  

7

24

8

1

70

Matabeleland South

18

11

18

0

0

47

Midlands

26

3

30

6

0

65

Total

173

37

193

23

1

427


























 

 STATUS ON BIOGAS DIGESTER PLANTS CONSTRUCTED

Province

Manicaland
Mashonaland Central
Mashonaland East
Mashonaland West
Masvingo
Matabelaland North
Matabeleland South
Midlands
Harare
Total

Number Of DIgesters

3
5
6
3
3
3
6
6
4
39

Since the formation of REF in 2002, a remarkable progress has been achieved in the provision of energy (both grid and other renewable energy technologies) to the rural areas of Zimbabwe. Electricity has greatly improved life styles of villagers who now enjoy the advantages of electricity at their homes and business centres. Equally excited are teachers and nurses who are using computers and modern equipment in schools and health centres respectively.

A good number of smallholder farmers have benefited from electricity and are irrigating their fields while rural entrepreneurs have diversified business ventures after benefiting from both electricity and a loan facility run by REF to empower rural communities.

All the established rural growth points in the country have been electrified and there is now a hive of activity. Many business centres dotted around the districts were also electrified and better services are being offered to communities.


Solar projects

REF has embarked on research and development of renewable energy and other cost effective technologies for use in rural areas to complement the grid system. To this end REF has adopted a solar mini grid system that generates conventional electricity enough to power a school, a rural health centres or a small to medium irrigation scheme.

To date REF has installed mini grid solar systems to about 400 rural public institutions that include both primary and secondary schools, rural health centres, chiefs’ homesteads and some government extension offices.

The Fund also provides services and consultancy for the designs and installations of mini grid solar systems.


Biogas energy projects

Under its renewable and sustainable energy for Zimbabwe portfolio, the Rural Electrification Fund is introducing biogas to complement Grid and Solar technologies to meet basic energy needs and enhance local economic development in rural Zimbabwe. Biogas can be used for cooking, lighting and powering small power generators.

Biogas is a low cost clean energy option produced from livestock manures and household organic waste. It is accessible to all types of users for varied purposes in domestic, agricultural and industrial uses, at both large and small scale.

Benefits of biogas energy production among others include:  

  • Reliable alternative low cost energy to unsustainable firewood   
  • Reduction of Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improves groundwater protection   
  • Produces odourless organic fertilizer for agricultural use   
  • Household energy requirements e.g. lighting, cooking, water pumping, etc. 


Micro/mini hydro

REF is seriously looking into developing mini and micro hydro projects. The Fund has partnered with a non-governmental organisation ‘’ Practical Action’’ which has since developed the Chipendeke standalone mini hydro station at Chitora river in Zimunya communal area. Possible areas identified by REF for similar mini hydro projects are Hlabiso, Nyamwanga, Himalaya and Dendeure in the eastern highlands. Another being assessed for potential for a standalone mini hydro is Ruti Dam which covers an area between Buhera and Gutu districts.


Commercial Unit

REF Commercial Unit, which is resident in the business development department at Head office , provides electrification services to commercial clients who are prepared to pay 100% of the total cost of their projects.

The commercial clients are those who do not want to join long queues to have their projects electrified under the normal subsidized rural electrification scheme. The Commercial Unit strives to be the provider of first choice for all commercial customers’ tailor – made electricity services requirements.

Categories of Commercial Customers 

  • Small scale, medium scale and large scale mines 

  • A1,A2 and large scale commercial farms 

  • Individual homesteads 

  • Rural business centres                   

  • All rural public institutions 

  • Mobile telecommunication service operators (Base Stations)