Triangle Solar System (TSS), a local consortium is set to construct a 90MW solar power plant in Chiredzi, Masvingo province, Zimbabwe. The project which will cost US $88.1m The project has recently been approved by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera).
Chiredzi solar power plant
The Chiredzi solar power plant will be developed in two stages, with each stage having 45MW capacity. The project will create more than 300 jobs for the locals. The US $88.1m will be used to prepare the ground, acquire materials, equipment, connection to the network and civil works.
Zimbabwe is currently facing an increasing shortage of electricity, due to a lack of production. The country also imports a significant amount of electricity mainly from neighboring countries, including Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia. According to Paradzai Chakona, Director of TSS, based on an annual global irradiation of 1,760Kw/h per m2, a solar photovoltaic system with a capacity of 45MW should produce approximately 73,896 MWh of electricity annually, of which 66,500MWh will be sold to the national grid.
“As a result, the electricity import bills of Chiredzi in particular and Zimbabwe in general will be significantly reduced,” he affirmed. The electrical installation will be located approximately 12 km west of the TSS headquarters.