September 22, 2017

Zimbabwe to explore solar power generation

In the coming years solar power will be part of Zimbabwe’s energy mix, following the Zimbabwe Power Company’s (ZPC) application to set up three solar power plants in the country, in a move aimed at improving electricity supply.

ZPC has submitted its proposal to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) to construct, own, operate and maintain the proposed 100MW Insukamini Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant at Valindre Farm of Matobo district in Matabeleland South Province,  Zera confirmed in a press statement.  The power plants, each with 100MW capacity, will be located in Gwanda, Matobo and Munyati.

ZPC is currently undertaking a multi-million extension of Kariba Power Station by a further 300MW from the current capacity of 750MW. Chinese firm Sino Hydro is undertaking the expansion work, with China also providing the bulk of the $533m funding.

Zimbabwe’s electricity demand stands at 1,400MW while actual generation is around 980MW with the balance augmented by imports from South Africa and Mozambique.

The Southern African nation also plans to upgrade its oldest coal-fired power plant — Hwange – in a $1.3bn project which is expected to increase generation capacity by 600MW. The project has stalled as talks for a $1.1bn loan from China Exim Bank have dragged on since 2014 and missed several restarts.

Source: Financial Gazette

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