ZNCC, ZETDC and the local company has selected Echelon for the project.

The existing power generation capacity is unable to fulfill the electricity demand, and the partners reached an agreement to implement the smart meters, which register electricity sales and allow a two-way communication between consumer and supplier.

US-based energy control networking platform developer Echelon will work with its local partner, Connect the World, for the project.

Connect The World managing director Ben Mavedzenge was quoted by The Standard as saying that the technology serves the use of ICTs to manage electricity supply and demand and convert grid into an internet protocol.

"Accessibility to information is as ubiquitous as one with an internet account. Any person can access the account and see how they are consuming electricity," Mavedzenge added.

The power utility replaced the conventional billing system with prepaid smart meters in residents to address the payment challenges.