Zimbabwe is rich in solar energy resources with annual global radiation above 1600kWh/m2, with the highest area receiving close to 2,400 kWh/m2, and these resources are suitable for the construction of photovoltaic power plants. Government is also currently focusing on Renewable Energies.

ZPC is intensifying efforts to develop solar PV plants to increase the generation capacity. Zimbabwe Power Company intends to build, own and operate solar powered stations of 100MW each at Gwanda, Munyati and Insukamini. The solar power plants will be connected to the national grid. 

On the Project scope, the projects will provide a complete or “turnkey” solar photovoltaic (PV) system, including all labour and materials, as well as feasibility analysis, financing, design, procurement of equipment, installation, construction, and commissioning. Solar projects can be implemented in phases. It is proposed that the projects be phased, gradually scaling up to 100 MW.

Location   : 3 sites proposed are Gwanda Matebeleland South, Midlands Province, Munyati Estate, ±27km from Kwekwe and Insukamini in Bulawayo.
Generation Classification : Solar
Project Description  : Greenfield
New Capacity   : 100MW each
Estimated Construction Period : 18 Months
Transmission works  : Significant
Estimated Project Cost  : USD ±130 million each
National Project Status  : Granted

Status: Projects are yet to commence. Project development activities are in progress. Funding is yet to be secured for the projects.

Solar Gwanda is currently embroiled in legal challenges in courts over implementation of pre-commencement works. The project is yet to secure project funding.

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