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"Structural Pitfalls" Holding Back Zimbabwe's Off-Grid Renewable Energy

Zimbabwe has enormous potential to adopt renewable energy technologies, its government and experts say. Solar is particularly promising, and could supply 10,000 gigawatt hours of electricity per year - more than the country’s current total power production - if the funding were available to fully exploit it.

But as a discussion heard in Harare last month, the renewable energy market is littered with structural pitfalls. These may hamper the development of off-grid power, increasingly styled as the quickest and cheapest way to get clean energy to millions of poor people without electricity.

CIF Action

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