Mega solar projects on cards
Business Reporter A LOCAL private firm, Intratrek Zimbabwe, has partnered Chinese firm CHINT Electric Co. Limited to establish three giant solar power stations with a combined output of 300 megawatts in Bulawayo, Plumtree and Beitbridge. The multimillion-dollar project will be one of Zimbabwe’s quickest solutions to power problems considering the experience of Intratrek Zimbabwe’s partner.
Zimbabwe is facing serious power shortages resulting in rolling power cuts to balance demand and supply, which has come at a huge cost to industry and households. Intratrek Zimbabwe director and Harare businessman Mr Wicknel Chivhayo said his company’s objective, fashioned in line with Zanu-PF’s 2013 election manifesto, was to promote indigenisation, empower and create employment for locals.
“We are trying to complement the democratically elected Government’s effort to revive the economy by reducing the country’s energy deficit,” Mr Chivhayo said. Zimbabwe is only able to generate about 1 100MW against national demand of 2 200MW at peak periods.
The power deficit has to be covered by imports from the region. “Matabeleland has weather patterns lending itself to become the centre of Zimbabwe’s solar farming industry.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The HeraldSimilar Stories