Did you know that the energy the sun provides to the earth for one hour could meet the global energy needs for one year? Undoubtedly, the sun is a powerful energy source, and even though we are not able to collect a fraction of this energy, harnessing this power by installing solar panels can make a significant difference to the planet.
The generation of power using traditional sources of energy is not only costly but harmful to the environment. Most countries, including Zimbabwe, are constantly seeking ways to diversify their power-generation mix to mitigate the effects of climate change and improve access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy. One such alternative is solar energy, which provides a clean, renewable, and cost-effective energy solution with a myriad of benefits.
The key benefits of solar energy in Zimbabwe is cutting costs of power generation significantly. Solar systems require little maintenance, which means lower maintenance costs, minimizing downtime, and prolonging the systems’ lifespan. The initial installation costs are significant, but in the long run, it is more affordable than fossil fuel-powered systems.
Most reliable solar panel manufacturers offer 20-25 years warranty, and as there are no moving parts, there is no wear and tear. The inverter is usually the only part that needs to be changed after 5-10 years because it is continuously working to convert solar energy into electricity and heat (solar PV vs. solar thermal). Apart from the inverter, the cables also need maintenance to ensure your solar power system runs at maximum efficiency.
Proprietors, commerce, and industries can use solar power to generate electricity, heat water, and power electric vehicles, among others. This encourages energy independence while reducing dependence on traditional means of power generation like coal and thermal energy, which can be erratic and unreliable, especially in remote areas.
With solar, Zimbabwe can reduce its energy deficit and strengthen its energy security by reducing its dependence on imports from neighbouring countries.The country is known for its plentiful sunshine, with an average of 24 degrees per day all year round. With this, Zimbabwe can tap into the country’s vast natural resources and harness the renewable energy source, reducing dependency on fossil fuels, and transitioning towards more sustainable energy systems.
Solar power is also environmentally friendly, emitting no greenhouse gas emissions, which is not only good for the environment but also helps mitigate the impacts of climate change. It also has potential benefits for air quality since no carbon dioxide or other emissions are produced in the generation of solar power.
Although pollution related to solar energy systems is far less compared to other sources of energy, solar energy can be associated with pollution. Transportation and installation of solar systems have been associated with the emission of greenhouse gases.
Zimbabwe has immense solar energy potential, and the benefits of using solar energy are enormous. It is a reliable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly source of power that will help Zimbabwe fulfill its electricity requirements while promoting energy independence and mitigating the negative impacts of climate change.