Rural Sustainable Energy Development in Zimbabwe (RuSED)
The project is contributing towards the overall objective which seeks to increase access to modern, affordable and sustainable renewable energy services for the rural irrigation communities in two districts of Zimbabwe.
The major source of income and livelihoods for most rural poor people revolves around agriculture. Communities around irrigation schemes in rural areas stand a better chance in terms of crop productivity as they have a reliable source of food and income to meet their livelihood needs. Therefore rural communities operating in irrigation schemes have great potential for improving crop productivity, environmental benefits and other socio-economic activities for sustainable development through the utilisation of renewable energy in agricultural operations, public institutions and household activities.
Total duration of the action: 48 months
Overall objective: To increase access to modern, affordable and sustainable renewable energy services for the rural population in Zimbabwe.
- To promote the use of micro-hydro and solar energy by rural people around the Ruti and Himalaya irrigation schemes in Zimbabwe.
- To share information and learning on the implementation of renewable energy technology for socio-economic development in Zimbabwe.
Target groups: 300 irrigation farming households, 2 clinics, 1 school, 20 local entrepreneurs and 1 agribusiness centre
Final beneficiaries:19,200 men, women and children
- Himalaya irrigation community has access to micro-hydro energy system.
- Ruti irrigation community has access to solar energy systems for socio-economic activities
- Market linkage system developed for solar lanterns and solar technical support to serve up to 500 households around the Ruti irrigation scheme in Gutu.
In pursuit of the overall objective, the specific objectives for this project are
(1) To promote the use of micro-hydro and solar energy by rural people around the Ruti and Himalaya irrigation schemes in Zimbabwe, and
(2) To share information and learning on the implementation of renewable energy technology for socio-economic development in Zimbabwe.
By promoting the use of micro-hydro and solar energy in the targeted remote communities, this project has enhanced the accessibility of rural communities to modern renewable energy for productive use.
Energy plays an invaluable role in social and economic development as it is a critical factor of production, whose cost impacts directly on other services and the competitiveness of various enterprises. Every productive sector in the economy relies on the provision of energy, and agriculture being the back-borne of the economy in Zimbabwe, is no exception.
Zimbabwe’s Minister of Energy and Power Development, Dr Samuel Undenge, officially commissioned the Himalaya Micro Hydro Scheme on Wednesday 8 April 2015. The commissioning of the 80kW micro hydro scheme was a key milestone in the EU-funded Rural Sustainable Energy Development in Zimbabwe (RuSED)...Read more