Zimbabwe introduces net metering program to reduce power imports

By Almot Maqolo

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The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), a subsidiary of ZESA, has introduced the net metering program. 

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The net metering program is a scheme where customers generating solar energy on their premises can feed excess power back into the ZETDC network through a grid-tied Inverter. 

On who qualifies for the program, ZETDC said: “Any existing customer with a grid-tied solar system up to their rated power from ZETDC qualifies for net metering and can apply to connect to the grid upon completion of the relevant application forms that are obtainable from their nearest ZETDC depot.”

It said the excess generation shall be measured and credit units given to the generating customer rather than being forfeited. 

“The credited units will assist in keeping the customer in the lower tariff band thus reducing the total bill at the end of the month,” ZETDC said. 

ZETDC added that: “Net metering is beneficial to the power utility and the nation at large as it results in the reduction of power imports hence savings on foreign currency.”

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