Launch of Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap and Implementation Plan

Submitted by Samson Mhlanga & Blessed Sarema
Published 4 years, 10 months ago

Zimbabwe launched its Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap and Implementation Plan (STTRIP) in late 2018 at the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers’s in Harare. The STTRIP outlines the country’s vision for solar thermal installations of 0.1m2 per capita by 2030 in support of the government’s vision for upper middle-income country status. The STTRIP is part of the SOLTRAIN programme, with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) as the Zimbabwean country implementation partner.

In attendance at the launch was Dr J. M. Gumbo Minister of Energy and Power Development

In attendance at the launch was Dr J. M. Gumbo, Minister of Energy and Power Development (MoEPD), and the eighty plus participants included solar thermal product manufacturers, distributors, installers, engineers from diverse backgrounds and other stakeholders from the energy sector.

The event started with the welcoming of participants by Samson Mhlanga, the SOLTRAIN country coordinator for Zimbabwe, followed by a presentation by Werner Weiss of AEE Intec who outlined the SOLTRAIN programme and its regional achievements. The keynote address comprised a walk through the STTRIP by Blessed Sarema from NUST.

A panellists session included participation from Dr S Ziuku, Director of Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy in MoEPD, Eng. Mudzigwa representing Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority, Mr R Matema of Monarch Steel representing solar geyser manufacturers in Zimbabwe, Mr Nyakusendwa of Renewable Energy Association of Zimbabwe, Mr Gutso representing the Standards Association of Zimbabwe, Eng Jennifer Chigerwe of Harare polytechnic representing vocational and polytechnical colleges and Dr T Mushiri of University of Zimbabwe representing universities and research institutions.

The event was capped by a summary briefing by Dr Eng. G Magombo, the Permanent Secretary in MoEPD. The media was also present to cover proceedings with an item appearing on the ZBC morning and main news.

Links in the press:

Gender Webinar – SOLTRAIN+ Environmental Day 2024

Gender Webinar – SOLTRAIN+ Environmental Day 2024

June 2024 Virtual Webinar Announcement!!!

Join us for a pivotal virtual event on June 5th, 2024, from 3:00…

19 hours ago

Selma Festus

7th SOLTRAIN+ Conference concluded in Namibia

7th SOLTRAIN+ Conference concluded in Namibia

The SOLTRAIN+ project, which commenced in January 2023, heralds four more years of innovative developments in S…

5 months ago

Selma Festus

Recent training activity in Namibia and Zimbabwe

Recent training activity in Namibia and Zimbabwe

Energy security and access remain significant challenges within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). T…

5 months ago

Fenni Shidhika and Samson Mhlanga

Addressing the opportunities and barriers for women in the renewable heating and cooling sector in SOLTRAIN+ countries

Addressing the opportunities and barriers for women in the renewable heating and cooling sector in SOLTRAIN+ countries

On November 22, 2023, the Gender Managers (GMs) from the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SAC…

5 months ago

Selma Festus

SOLTRAIN and ERC host a successful renewable energy campaign in Maputsoe

SOLTRAIN and ERC host a successful renewable energy campaign in Maputsoe

The Renewable Energy Awareness Campaign recently orchestrated by the Energy Research Centre (ERC) in collaboration w…

5 months ago

NUL ERC

SOLTRAIN+ exhibits at at the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show 2023

SOLTRAIN+ exhibits at at the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show 2023

The annual Zimbabwe Agricultural Show is the premier event organized by the Zimbabwe Agricultural Society for the na…

7 months, 1 week ago

Hilton Chingosho & Samson Mhlanga

Girls in STEM Career Guidance at Masotsha High School, Bulawayo

Girls in STEM Career Guidance at Masotsha High School, Bulawayo

The GIRLS IN STEM career guidance event was organized by Elevate Trust Zimbabwe, with a specific focus on empowering…

7 months, 1 week ago

Samson Mhlanga, Destine Mashava and Albert Mnkandla

NEI Exhibits the SOLTRAIN+ Project at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair and at the NUST Post-Graduate Open Day

NEI Exhibits the SOLTRAIN+ Project at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair and at the NUST Post-Graduate Open Day

The Namibia Energy Institute (NEI) showcased its activities, including the Southern African Renewable Heating and Co…

7 months, 1 week ago

Joseph Shigwedha

Secure Your Spot - Pre-Register for the 7th SOLTRAIN Conference!

Secure Your Spot - Pre-Register for the 7th SOLTRAIN Conference!

We're thrilled to announce that pre-registration is now open for the upcoming 7th SOLTRAIN Conference! Don't…

7 months, 1 week ago

Wolfgang w.gruber-glatzl@aee.at

SOLTRAIN+ Gender & Diversity Management - Side Event alongside the SOLTRAIN+ Conference taking place 22 – 23 November 2023, Safari Hotel, Windhoek, Namibia

SOLTRAIN+ Gender & Diversity Management - Side Event alongside the SOLTRAIN+ Conference taking place 22 – 23 November 2023, Safari Hotel, Windhoek, Namibia

During the SOLTRAIN+ project, special attention is given to 'Women in Energy.' Aligned with national sustain…

7 months, 1 week ago

Karen Gibson, Selma Festus, Monika Spörk-Dür