Oursun Energy plans to set up a 5-megawatt solar power plant in Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland East province.
It is part of a cluster of power generation projects the firm is targeting to establish in the southern African country, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority said Monday.
The regulator is quoted by financial news agency The Source as saying that Oursun, a subsidiary of Swiss energy and communications firm Meeco Group, has applied for a license to establish the solar power plant in Melfort that is expected to cost more than $8.5 million.
The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority has received an application from Oursun Energy Private Limited to construct, own, operate, and maintain a 5MW solar PV power plant for the purpose of generating power and supply electricity in Zimbabwe,ï¿½ the regulator said.
The project will be built on land covering at least 15 hectares and is expected to be complete by the end of April, according to the regulator.
The project is being established in conjunction with local firm, Mosspatch Investments which owns Utopia Farm where the plant will be set up.
The Meeco Group said last year it was targeting to produce around 230mw in the next five years through 5mw plants that will be built across Zimbabwe.