Amid crippling power cuts, Zimbabwe turns to solar

World News

December 19, 2019 - 10:20 AM

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Outside Cecilia Ziwane’s house sits a neatly stacked woodpile next to a small solar panel — her two major sources of energy.

“We cannot do without them,” said the mother of three, who lives in Glen Norah, a working class suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. Like the rest of the country, Ziwane has been coping for more than a year with crippling power cuts lasting up to 19 hours per day.

With no sign of the state utility generating adequate electricity, desperate Zimbabweans are reverting to a combination of old and new sources of energy: firewood for cooking and solar for light.

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