STATE-owned power utility ZESA has warned of increased power cuts on Sunday after it lost 251 mega watts from its Hwange power station.
“Three generator units tripped at Hwange power station this morning,” Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission Distribution Company (ZETDC), a subsidiary of ZESA, said on its Twitter account.
“Load shedding has now increased significantly and we are now implementing stage 2,” power cuts outside the normal schedule.
Blackouts in Zimbabwe already last as much as 18 hours a day and the country spends $23 million monthly on power imports, according to the energy regulator.
Zimbabwe imports power from HCB of Mozambique as well as Eskom of South Africa, but even with these imports in place, the shortfall remains.
A long dry spell has reduced water levels in the Kariba Dam, reducing the capacity of the old power plant to feed its optimum power into the national grid.
There have been calls for the Government and industry players to go for solar as Zimbabwe enjoys abundant sunlight for much of the year.
Already, private players have been licensed for solar power generation, although most of these are in the early stages of implementation.
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