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200 megawatts solar project on cards

by Staff Reporter
07 Mar 2016 at 16:30hrs | Views
Interest in Zimbabwe's energy sector is expected to see the injection of 200 megawatts into the national electricity grid with a Chinese firm set to invest in solar generation.

A team of Chinese officials is expected in the country in the next two weeks to sign the deal.

Zimbabwe has good solar radiation conditions and as such, these must be tapped into to maximise the exploitation of solar energy, says Africa Energy Resources Technical Director, Langton Mabhanga.

"We are collaborating with one of China's biggest solar generation firms. We are expecting the highest levels of their technical delegates mid this month. The deal, which will see the 200 megawatts being staggered over the next five years will see plants being built in four different locations in the country," he said.

The recent completion of a feasibility study of the Gwanda solar plant underscores strides being made by Zimbabwe in harnessing solar as an alternative source of energy.

The country is facing acute power shortages with available capacity estimated at around 1300 megawatts compared with peak demand of 2200 megawatts.

Source - zbc