Hwange Local Board says it plans to install 100 solar-powered street lights in the community as the campaign for use of alternative energy sources gains traction.
BY STAFF REPORTER
The local authority yesterday opened a 29-day bidding process for suitable contractors for the solar tender.
“Hwange Local Board invites tenders from suitably qualified and experienced contractors to install 100
solar-powered street lights on existing poles,” council said in a notice.
“Bids will be evaluated according to Hwange Local Board procurement policy with reference to the State Procurement Board policy guidelines and any regulation promulgated under this policy shall apply in the adjudication and awarding of tender.”
Most local authorities are turning to solar energy for street lighting.
Bulawayo City Council adopted energy-saving strategies in its traffic control and street lights in 2012 to effectively manage traffic control and to reduce costs and enhance service delivery.
The project was commissioned last November.
The use of solar power has been touted by many as a solution to the country’s electricity shortages. Environmentalists have also weighed in saying that solar energy provides a clean and renewable energy which is not harmful to the environment.
Solar energy can also be used for residential, commercial and industrial purposes.