Lueven Investments eyes solar plant in Marondera

china-solar-farm2HARARE – Independent Power Producer Lueven Investments (Pvt) Ltd is seeking to establish a  10 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plant in Marondera.

Energy regulator, the Zimbabwe Energy Authority (ZERA) says it has received an application from Lueven Investments to construct own, operate and maintain a 10 megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant for the purpose of generation and supply of electricity in Zimbabwe.

In a statement ZERA said the solar project would also include the construction of a 5 kilometre 33 kilovolts (Kv) single transmission line from Millgrove farm, Lueven Investments Solar plant to existing Marondera 132/33kV Substation.

“The proposed plant will be located at Milgrove Farm, Marondera, Mashonaland East province,” said ZERA.

The licence application by Lueven Investments was done in terms of the provision of Section 40 of electricity Act (Chapter 13: 19) of 2002.

Meanwhile SolGas (another IPP), has also approached ZERA seeking a licence to set up a 5 MW solar photovoltaic power plant in Matabeleland North province.

ZERA has however so far licensed four players with a combined generating capacity of 155MW from solar.

The approved IPP projects include: Marondera-based De Green, Geo-base of Gwanda, Yellow Africa in Ntabazinduna  and Bulilima-Mangwe’s Plum Solar.

Zimbabwe is currently grappling with power shortages as the country is producing around half the required national demand of around 2 000MW, and observers are of the opinion that if successfully implemented, the numerous solar energy projects being carried out by IPPs could help ease the energy woes.

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