1. Background of the Project
The Rural sustainable energy development project is a 4 year project cofounded by the European Union through the ACP-Energy facility and Oxfam through supporter marketing and jointly implemented buy Oxfam and its partner Practical Action. The project is funded to a value of EURO 2 million. The project is being implemented in the Gutu district in wards 12, 13, 14 and 15 and in the Mutare district in ward 22.The project started in August 2011 and is ending July 2015.
In Gutu the project is promoting community’s increased uptake and access to solar powered renewable energy products, while in Mutare the project is promoting enterprise development and improved livelihoods options from electricity supplied through a Micro Hydro power plant. In Gutu the project is expanding and developing from previous project in the district, the Ruti irrigation scheme and the food security and livelihoods projects. In Himalaya in Mutare, the project builds on the Chipendeke Micro Hydro power scheme established in the same area by Practical Action.
The project is currently in its final year and as part of the exit strategy is the commissioning will be held for the two project sites (Himalaya in Mutare and the Ruti irrigation scheme phase three in Gutu) with the main objective of officially opening the energy facilities and handing over the facilities to the respective responsible authorities.
Project Overall Objective
To enhance sustainable livelihoods for the poor rural population by increasing access to modern, affordable, and sustainable renewable energy services in Zimbabwe by 2015.
Project Specific Objective
To promote the use of efficient solar and micro hydro technologies for the improvement of socio-economic activities of poor rural population around the Ruti and Himalaya irrigation schemes in Gutu and Mutare districts of Zimbabwe by July 2015.
2. Project Progress Against Expected Results
The project has made remarkable progress against its expected results;
• Increased energy services powered by 80kW micro-hydro system in Himalaya community through the installation of 80kW capacity micro hydro system providing access to energy and establishment of agribusiness centre, energy kiosk and saw mill facilities for socio-economic development.
1. The installation of the 80kW capacity micro hydro system for the Himalaya irrigation community has been completed and is providing access to energy for socio-economic development
2. The establishment of the agribusiness centre housing the energy kiosk and other enterprises has been completed
3. The energy centre housing the saw mill and grinding mill facilities have been established
4. The new irrigation scheme powered by the electricity from the Micro Hydro power plant has been completed.
5. The existing Simbengadzibve irrigation scheme has been rehabilitated and is operational
• Increased energy services powered by solar systems around the Ruti irrigation community through the installation of solar water pumping system for irrigating an additional 20 hectares of land in Ruti, installation of solar water pumping and lighting systems at two clinics and two schools around Ruti irrigation community and establishment of an agribusiness centre and energy kiosk in Ruti for socio-economic development.
1. The Installation of the solar water pumping system for irrigating an additional 20 hectares of land in Ruti has been completed
2. The Installation of solar water pumping and lighting systems for the four clinics (Mataruse, Mazuru, Denhere and Magombedze) and the two schools (Gomba and Mataruse) around Ruti irrigation community has been completed
3. The establishment of an agribusiness centre and energy kiosk in the Ruti irrigation scheme has been completed
4. The establishment of four other energy kiosk centres has been completed at Denhere, Gomba Collection and information Centre, Munyikwa and Magombedze Collection and information Centre.
• Improved supply and demand of renewable energy technology around the Ruti irrigation community through promoting the development of a market linkage system for solar lanterns, home solar systems and solar technical support to serve up to 500 households around the Ruti irrigation scheme in Gutu and facilitating for the establishment of 30 Internal Savings and Lending (ISAL) groups to facilitate financing for renewable energy technologies.
1. The market linkage system has been developed for solar lanterns, home solar systems and solar technical support to serve up to 500 households around the Ruti irrigation scheme in Gutu with numerous exhibitions having been carried out in the district.
2. 30 Internal Savings and Lending (ISAL) groups were established to facilitate financing for renewable energy technologies and there is continued monitoring to report on working groups.
• Contribution to the body of knowledge on renewable energy technology for sustainable development through documentation of project learning and information and production of materials for project visibility.
1. Documentation of project learning and information is ongoing with review for finalisation of several documentaries currently underway
2. The production of materials for project visibility including t-shirts and billboards has been carried out.