10MW Midlands solar power plant on cards

A NEW player in the energy sector has expressed interest in setting up a solar power plant in Midlands province as part of efforts to ease the country’s power woes.


G-Watt Solar (Private) Limited has already applied to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) seeking clearance to construct and maintain the 10-megawatt (MW) power plant, the notice read.

The firm distributes solar products, including geysers, pumps, street lights, guard lights, off-grid systems, home kits and lanterns.


“Notice is hereby given that the Zera has received an application from G-Watt Solar (Private) Limited to construct, own, operate and maintain a 10MW solar photovoltaic power plant for the purposes of generation and supply of electricity in Zimbabwe,” Zera said in a statement this week.

“The solar project would also include the construction of a 2-kilometre overhead, 33-kilovolt transmission line to Eagle Vulture 132/33-kilovolt substation. The proposed plant will be located at Roslin Farm, Kwekwe, Midlands province.”

In September last year, government launched a solar energy campaign to encourage investors to explore the renewable energy source and feed into the national grid, which is currently experiencing a serious power deficit due to the massive drop in water levels at Kariba Dam and ageing equipment at Hwange Thermal Power Station.

Although Zera has licensed over 15 independent power producers, only few have started producing and feeding into the electricity national grid.

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