PPC secures investor for 32MW Colleen Bawn solar plant

GIANT cement manufacturer, Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) Zimbabwe, has secured an investor to build and operate a 32MW solar power plant in Colleen Bawn, Matabeleland South province. The development of the solar project is aimed at providing the cement producer with 16MW while the remainder would be fed into the national grid. Last year, PPC […]

Cabinet approves revised Gwanda solar project

CABINET on Tuesday approved the revised implementation plan for the 100 megawatt (MW) Gwanda solar project that commits to deliver the first 10MW within six months after signing of financial closure agreements and fulfilment of all outstanding conditions precedent. Energy and Power Development Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi quickly pointed out that he will demand to […]

Cabinet approves revised Gwanda solar project

CABINET on Tuesday approved the revised implementation plan for the 100 megawatt (MW) Gwanda solar project that commits to deliver the first 10MW within six months after signing of financial closure agreements and fulfilment of all outstanding conditions precedent. Energy and Power Development Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi quickly pointed out that he will demand to […]

Editorial Comment: Monitoring solar energy projects important

Solar power is a practical solution for Zimbabwe, not only because we have high levels of sunshine, but also because we can, in effect, store solar power using Lake Kariba. So as more and more solar stations are added to the grid they can take an even higher percentage of the daylight load, allowing Zesa […]

US$88m for Chiredzi 90MW solar plant

A LOCAL consortium, Triangle Solar System (TSS), plans to invest US$88,1 million building a 90MW solar power plant in Chiredzi. The planned project was recently approved by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) and electrical installation will be located about 12 kilometres west of the TSS headquarters, ZBC news reported this week. The solar power […]

Harava solar project nears completion

Construction of the 20MW Harava Solar Project is now 70 percent complete and expected to start feeding into the national grid at Dema substation in two months time, giving Zesa Holdings extra energy to supply several thousands of households. The ground-mounted solar station in Seke Rural District will provide clean energy in daylight hours. However, […]

Chasi pushes for Gwanda solar project

The Gwanda solar project remains one of the priority projects for the Government in its quest to make the country energy self-sufficient. Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi recently wrote to ZESA Holdings directing it to find a lasting solution with the contractor working on the project — Intratrek Zimbabwe — so that the […]