environment

Solar Energy on Zanzibar – more than just a Business

A guest article by Patricia Wehr, volunteer at Renewable Energy Zanzibar association (REZA)

Zanzibar – located in the Indian Ocean near the equator the islands warm climate invites hundreds of tourists from all over the world every year to enjoy the island’s beauty. With an average of almost 8 hours of sun a day it seems not only easy to enjoy seeing the sunbeams breaking in the clear, turquoise blue water on the beach, but also to use the sun and its solar power as a source of renewable energy. But why do so many residents still not have access to solar energy, even though it would be an inexpensive and sustainable alternative to the unhealthy kerosine lamps? How has the solar energy sector on Zanzibar developed; what has already been achieved; which difficulties it has to cope with and why solar energy on Zanzibar is more than just a business – are the questions I had in mind when I joined REZA as a volunteer earlier this year.

Masingini Forest Reserve – Zanzibars Treasure Chest of Flora and Fauna

The whole group jumps as suddenly the leaves far above our heads rustle. Looking up I can barely see the tail of a red monkey disappear behind the huge leaves of a palm tree. I hurry to get my camera out of the backpack and try to catch one of the agile little animals jumping from tree to tree but they always manage to hide away from my lens. It is a beautiful spectacle that you get to see walking through the Masingini Forest Reserve just north of Zanzibar-City.

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