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HARARE, Feb 6 — The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) says it is formulating guidelines to curtail the flow of poor quality solar power products into the country.

Faced with a perennial power crisis like most countries in the region, Zimbabwe has become an easy target for importers of solar power products because of the absence of quality restrictions on imports.

Solar power products are in demand in the country where load-shedding is now a permanent feature for both households and industry as power utility Zesa Holdings fails to meet demand which is almost double
its electricity output.

However, players in the solar power industry said at a meeting with the energy regulator recently that a lack of knowledge on the part consumers had resulted in many of them buying poor quality products which are flooding the market.

Zera official Sam Zaranyika told them that the regulator, together with the Standards Association of Zimbabwe, was drafting new regulations to guide importation of solar power products.

“We are working on standards (on solar products) in liaison with the Standards Association,” Zaranyika said.
“Once these are done, they will be put into use in terms of regulating imports.”

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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