The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) says at least 300MW worth of generators are registered with the agency in accordance with the country’s laws.
In emailed responses to ZimLive, ZERA chief executive officer Edington Mazambani said owners of standby generators of 100KW and above should register them as is required by the law and allow for safety inspections. He said:
The authority has been registering all owners of standby generating equipment with a capacity of 100KW and above and in terms of the Electricity Act (2002) chapter 13.19 and Statutory Instrument 103 of 2008 at no cost.
To date, there is a combined estimate of 300MW worth of registered generators.
Registration is ongoing, and this exercise is to ensure the safety of the public and employees in the electricity supply industry.
ZERA recently issued a statement saying standby generators or generating equipment with a capacity of 100kW and above should be registered.
The quasi-state entity said this is to ensure public safety in the operation of the grid and in particular, prevent the danger posed to Electricity Supply Industry employees from the possibility of back-feeding of power into the grid from generators during outages and maintenance.
The statement was in response to claims that ZERA and the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) were imposing fines of ZWL$100 000 on businesses and households for running generators without emission licences.