Econet launches Willowvale solar plant

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    Harare – Distributed Power Africa (DPA), a renewable energy unit of Econet Group has launched the 466 kilowatts solar plant in Willowvale Harare with capacity to produce about 180 megawatts per annum as the Group accelerates its commitment to spur the solar energy sector.

    The Willovale solar plant which was completed at an investment cost of $23 million is the sixth of the projects completed by the Econet Group so far in the country following its announcement early in 2018 that it will invest over 250 million into solar power systems.

    DPA chief executive office, Divyajeet Mahajan, said the solar energy initiative will help eliminate energy deficits the country is currently facing.

    “Just to give you some statistics on Zimbabwe, we have 1 100 megawatts production and the consumption is anywhere between 1 200 to 1 500 megawatts so there is a major deficit and we import from South Africa and Zambia sometime between 250-300 megawatts and it comes at a forex cost,” he said.

    “We believe that if we join hands and make the sun vouch for us…we can produce and eliminate some of the power challenges that we have.”

    Also speaking at the event, Secretary for Energy and Power Development, Gloria Magombo welcomed the development as key to ensuring efficient production of energy in the country as well as increasing the use of renewable energy sources.

    “I am happy to say that the launch of such Independent Power Producers such as these, are in line with Government’s vision and we applaud Econet for leading the Green Agenda, and DPA for their great work in encouraging the adoption of Clean Energy through their financing models,” she said.

    “The commissioning of this plant marks a historic event in the renewable energy sector in the country as it signals the beginning of large scale solar adoption in the commercial and industrial space.”

    Other plants already completed by DPA so far include the Graniteside solar office site which produces 99.9 (kWp) at peak power, Livingstone solar office site which produce 31.2 (kWp), and the Msasa solar office site with an 82.8 (kWp) peak power.

    -Equity Axis News

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