The National Government through the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE) is currently developing a National Energy Strategy (NES) to map out available renewable energy sources across the country.
Permanent Secretary Dr. Chris Vehe announced this during the handing over of the Beulah Provincial Secondary School Micro Hydropower project on Friday 3 December.
Based on the Government Policy to increase renewable energy development, the strategy is aimed at increasing renewable energy-powered electricity in rural areas while reducing diesel-powered engines in the medium to long term.
The strategy also aims to build new mini grids in rural areas to provide electricity to support and boost socioeconomic activities.
“The National Government is prioritizing this programme and we are working on a national energy strategy that will map out where to develop available renewable energy sources we have in the country to effectively source energy sources to boost socioeconomic development,” Dr. Vehe said.
This programme will be implemented in partnership Provincial Governments to carry out surveys for alternative renewable sources.
“We are looking at exhausting opportunities and also finding out the potential for geothermal energy sources,” he added.
Through the leadership of the DCGA, the National Government will continue to deliver renewable energy projects throughout the country in coming years.