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African utilities wary of threat from renewables

The rise of clean energy and prosumers, net metering and greenhouse gas regulation all figure among the bogeymen as far as national electric companies are concerned.


Zimbabwean horticultural firm to be powered by 1.9 MW of solar-plus-storage

The project is being developed by South Africa-based peer-to-peer solar equipment leasing marketplace Sun Exchange. A 3.9 MWh storage system will be integrated to three different solar plants. The facility will power the packhouse, the cold store facilities, the pump sites and a farm owned by Zimbabwe’s Nhimbe Fresh.


Zimbabwe gold mine to be powered by PV

Caledonian Mining has revealed plans to build a $13 million solar plant at the Blanket gold mine in southern Zimbabwe. It raised funds for the project via a share sale.


Zimbabwe launches smart-meter-led net metering and 500 MW solar tender

Utility the Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Company has offered solar power system-owning customers the chance to operate under new net metering rules. The state-owned utility has also started tendering for a total 500 MW of solar generation capacity, according to Reuters.


Zimbabwe set for real solar growth

The government has decided to implement a proper independent power producer development plan for large scale PV, with the help of the World Bank.


20 MW solar-plus-storage project tender at Zimbabwe gold mine

Canadian business Caledonia Mining Corporation plc wants to build a power plant at its Blanket mine near Gwanda, in southern Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe launches 235 MW solar tender

The Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe has issued a request for proposal to seek partners for the development and construction of seven solar parks, with a combined generation capacity of 235 MW, plus two mini-hydro power projects.


Zimbabwe’s struggle for solar

After several year of stalled and failed projects, Zimbabwe’s government is now seeking to implement existing projects, and to get rid of licensed projects that have never been realized. The first attempt will be pushing forward the 100 MW Gwanda solar project, which had been awarded to Intratek in 2015. The government is further planning to grant incentives to rooftop PV under net metering.


SouthPole Consulting plans 125 MW solar plant in Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls

The IPP project is being conceived mainly for self-consumption, although its developers have not excluded selling some of the generated power to a nearby industrial district.


African Development Bank supports 20 MW off-grid solar project in Zimbabwe

AFDB’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has agreed to provide Oxygen Energy with $1 million in financing to support the preliminary phase of a 20 MW off-grid rooftop solar project in the eastern African country.

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