ECONET Zimbabwe Commissions Country’s Largest Commercial Solar Pv System

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  • Econet Wireless has launched a 466 KW solar plant at its Willowvale complex which will enable the company to self-consume for its internal operations including its base stations.
  • It becomes the largest commercial and industrial, carport and roof mount installation in the country with 1435 panels.

Speaking at the launch, Econet Wireless chief executive, Douglas Mboweni said the plant will operate under a 25-year Independent Power Producer (IPP) License. He added that the move to use solar energy was a fundamental platform for economic development.

ECONET Zimbabwe says it has invested about US 23 million in clean energy projects through its Distributed Power Africa (DPA) . The company has an ambitious plan to spend US 250 million in clean energy.

The business primarily focuses on rooftop solar power systems for commercial and industrial customers. DPA has signed up several commercial and industrial clients totalling 2,7MW. These include organisations in the food, beverages and dairy sectors, schools, farms and small business enterprises.

Speaking at the same event, Energy and Power Development secretary Gloria Magombo said the involvement of DPA in producing renewable energy had come at a time when government aimed at ensuring efficient energy production.

“This advance by DPA is coming at a time when government’s efforts are to increase the use of renewable energy sources and ensure efficient production of energy in the country,” she said.

She said government was working with the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) to reduce barriers which independent power producers (IPP) were facing, including their licensing.

Over the last five years, Zimbabwe’s energy regulator has licensed more than 30 IPPs, but only eight of them have taken off and are currently operational.

Author: GBA News Desk


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