Zimbabwean Harava solar project (HSP) has moved to finalise the construction of 20MW and shows good yielded results and possibilities for the country to tap into green energy.
Zimbabwe has been having difficulties with power supplies across the country for over 11 months. The country is however trying to push the completion of solar energy power plants as it seeks to boost its use of renewable energy over the coming years.
The Harava solar project is now at 70% of completion which is good news for Zimbabwe as they will be less power cuts in homes, schools and work places. The project is on a 28 hectare piece of land with 66 000 monocrystaline and 400 watts solar panels.
The progress on the project so far will boost the country’s Zesa national energy grid which is under severe demand pressure bearing in mind that 20MW can light up several households. The station has brightening hope to start feeding from the national grid at Dema sub-station in two months.
The project also created employment for the Seke district and has employed over 90 percent of the workforce. The community also owns 7.3 percent of the project under a Community Share Ownership Trust Scheme.
The community will get light into their homes and also benefit through sourcing power for a 60-hectare irrigation scheme set aside for horticulture. After completion of the project, it will provide clean, reliable power to over 45 000 households and a stable source of energy to foster the development of the local economy.
“All the equipment required to complete the project is now available, so we are sure the power plant will soon evacuate power into the national grid, feeding into the Dema substation,” commented Harava Solar co-founder and chief executive officer Mr Ainos Ngadya.