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    Electricity access rate for Zimbabwe moves to 53% in 2020: Report

    …as SSA remains the least electrified region

    By ETimes

    Zimbabwe’s electricity access rate stood at 53% of the population in 2020, with 86% of those with access being in urban areas while 37% are in rural areas, the latest data shows.

    This comes as the country has been on a drive for rural electrification, but the pace has been slower than initially planned.

    In its Tracking SDG 7: The Energy Progress Report 2022, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) revealed that the country’s total electricity rate in 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015 was 34%, 36%, 39% and 34%.

    One of the country’s biggest trading partners, South Africa, saw its electricity access rate at 84% in 2020. The electricity access rates for Zambia and Botswana stood at 45% and 72% respectively.

    In July 2019, the African Development Bank (AfDB) highlighted that the country needs US$34 billion over the next decade to restore its road, rail, aviation, energy, ICT and water and sanitation infrastructure to proper working conditions. This means that the country requires US$3.4 billion annually from 2020 to 2030.

    Sub-Saharan Africa remained the least electrified region, according to the report.

    “Among people without access to electricity, 77% —about 568 million people—lived in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2020,” reads the report.

    “Electricity access in that region rose from 46% in 2018 to 48% in 2020, an annual growth rate of 1 percentage point. However, Covid-19 was anticipated to undermine the pace of progress in the region.”

    IRENA revealed that between 2020 and 2030, the connection rate needs to reach an average of 100 million a year, including 80 million in Africa, where the rate of new connections needs to triple.

    This comes as the access deficit in Sub-Saharan Africa has nearly doubled since 1990. It rose by more than 50% since 2000, reaching a total of 923 million (898–946) people in 2020, according to the report.

    About 75% of the world’s rural population without access lived in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    “Starting from this low base of access, the pace of electrification was faster in rural areas than in urban areas over the past decade,” it said.

    Globally, the urban access rate has been much higher: 97% since 2016.

    “The urban access rate grew faster in Sub-Saharan Africa than in any other region, with annual growth of 1 percentage point between 2010 and 2020, though starting from a significantly lower rate than other regions.”

    Globally, 91% of the population had access to electricity in 2020, leaving 733 million people unserved. Despite progress over the last decade, IRENA said the pace of progress has been decreasing due to the complexity of reaching the remaining unserved populations and the impacts of Covid-19 – Harare

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