An independent power producer (IPP), Yellow Africa has applied to set up a 100 megawatt solar power plant in Ntabazinduna near Bulawayo, with electricity generated from the project expected to feed into the national grid.
The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) on Thursday said it had received an application from Yellow Africa to build the solar plant.
“ZERA has received an application from Yellow Africa Private Limited to construct, own, operate and maintain a 100MW solar power plant for the purpose of generation and supply of electricity in Zimbabwe,” said the regulator in a statement.
If approved, the project will be implemented in phases of 50MW each.
“The name of the generation stations would be Ntabazinduna Solar Plant. The proposed plant will generate electricity using solar radiation at Ntabazinduna or Mbembesi communal lands in Umguza Rural District Council,” said ZERA.
Zimbabwe – at the moment is producing about half of the national requirement of 2,200MW.
ZERA has in the past few years licenced about 15 IPPs whose projects are at different stages of development.