Bulawayo — Power-short Zimbabwe has removed import duties on solar energy-related products, from batteries to cables, and mandated that all new construction in the country include solar systems, government officials have said.

To deal with power shortages, in part as repeated droughts hits hydropower, the country will now “promote the importation [and] local production of solar equipment and the use of solar power as an alternative energy source”, Monica Mutsvangwa, the country’s information minister, said on Tuesday.

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