1,000 MW Floating Solar Plant on the Cards for Zimbabwe

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Renewables firm China Energy Engineering Corp (China Energy) has submitted a proposal to Zimbabwe’s state utility, Zimbabwe Power Company as well as private consortium to construct a 1,000 MW floating solar facility on the Kariba Dam – the biggest man-made dam in the world by volume.

According to a document released by the company earlier this week, “The work scope of the project includes the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of a 1,000 MW AC floating solar farm and 330kV/33kV booster station.”

At a cost of approximately $1 billion, the proposed facility would cover an area of over 2,500 hectares, making it the largest of its kind on the continent and one of the biggest worldwide. About 1.8 million solar panels will be installed at a cost of $987 million, with construction set to take place over several phases, creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs.

In total, the project will take three years to complete, upon which it is expected to generate clean electricity for over two million households in the country, significantly improving access to clean and affordable energy.

With Zimbabwe currently relying on coal for the majority of its power generation, the project marks the start of the transition to a cleaner energy future, enabling the country to reduce carbon emissions while reducing electricity costs. The project forms part of the government’s plans to bring 1,100 MW of solar projects online by 2025.

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Charné Hollands

Charné Hollands

Charné Hollands is the Deputy Editor at Energy Capital & Power. She holds a Higher Certificate in Professional Photography and Masters in Media Studies from the University of Cape Town. Charné writes content for ECP's website and events as well as co-authored African Energy Chamber: Road to Recovery.

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