In Summary

In efforts to enhance energy supply, the government has mainly focused on hydropower, natural gas and coal sources.

The country’s Development Vision 2025 identifies energy as one of the infrastructural enablers that have the potential to increase productivity, alleviate poverty and accelerate employment creation.

In efforts to enhance energy supply, the government has mainly focused on hydropower, natural gas and coal sources.

Several initiatives have also been launched, including the one being carried out by Rural Energy Agency (REA) under the ministry of Energy and Minerals.

REA’s main role is to facilitate improved access to modern energy services in rural areas.

However, electricity disruptions, shortages and high costs still pose significant constraints to wananchi.

It is on this background that we support a decision by Zola Tanzania, a solar energy firm, to extend its services to various parts in the country.

Our support stems from the fact that, if aptly implemented, it will enable many households to be connected to affordable, reliable and renewable energy.

As the company’s managing director, Ms Nema Sunderson, revealed during the launch of two sales outlets in Arusha two days ago, they have more than 35,000 clients across the country so far.

Most importantly, clients will be allowed to pay in instalments. It is undeniable fact that solar power reduces the pollution, one of main culprits in the climate change scourge and other forms of damage to our environment and health.

Electricity has virtually become a necessary in today’s world. Access to it eases many of the challenges that people without it are grappling with.

These include learners, nurses and doctors at schools and health centres that have not been connected to power.

Solar power is an emissions-free driver of any economy, generating growth in both direct and indirect employment.

We need to act and implement solar power programmes even where we are connected with Tanesco, given this power monopoly’s tendency to fail and disappoint everyone when they least expect.