BY TANGAI CHIPANGURA
Alpha Media Holdings, through The Standard and Heart and Soul TV, successfully hosted the second International Conference on Renewable Energy, which was held in Nyanga last week.
The two-day conference, whose major aim was to promote the adoption of clean energy, was attended by various stakeholders, a good number of whom participated virtually owing to the prevailing global challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Energy and Power Development minister Zhemu Soda attended the conference along with permanent secretary Gloria Magombo and several high-level officials from the ministry.
The parliamentary committee on Energy and Development was represented by five of its members and was led by committee chairperson Joel Gabuza.
Also in attendance were financiers, independent power producers, institutional investors, and other stakeholders that have taken a keen interest in the drive for clean energy in Zimbabwe.
The conference brought to the fore the urgent need for the adoption of renewable energy as it highlighted the inevitable impending dangers visited upon the world by climate change.
Soda said the government was impressed by the initiative led by AMH to come up with this forum to promote renewal energy efforts as it dovetailed with his ministry’s endeavours.
“Let me congratulate Alpha Media Holdings, sponsors such as UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) and others, who have worked tirelessly for this event to become a success,” he said.
“I am excited by this continued initiative as it buttresses our thrust as a ministry to increase visibility, and create awareness of the potential of renewables.”
Soda spoke at length about the government’s commitment to efforts to transform energy supply from conventional polluting sources to clean technologies.