By Pamenus Tuso
The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Bulawayo is planning to set up a solar power project which will be able to generate 7MW of electricity when complete.
According to the NUST Director, Felix Moyo, the first phase of the project will cost $300 000. When complete, the project is expected to generate one megawatt per hectare.
“The University has already made available a seven hectare piece of land for the project which we hope will go a long way in alleviating power shortages in Bulawayo and the country. After its completion, we will be generating seven megawatts. About 0, 25 megawatts will be enough for the University’s daily consumption.”
Moyo said once completed, the solar project will save the University a lot of money in electricity bills since the University has been solely relying on power supply from ZESA.
“This move will totally eliminate the need for the University to take any power from the national grid during the day. ZESA power was costing us a substantial amount of money. We also intend to sell excess power from the solar plant so as to augment the University’s financial coffers,” said Moyo.