Mining companies, which are the bigger consumers of electricity, are expected to contribute about a third of the national power requirements by 2022.
I was impressed by the solar project which is contributing in a small way to the power supply, but I would also like to take this opportunity to thank mining companies.
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There are solar projects that are being implemented by mining companies and they exceed 600 MW.
All of this (the solar plants) will be commissioned in 2022. If you look at current consumption, we consume about 1 900 MW.
Zimbabwe currently requires at least 2 200MW of electricity during peak demand, but due to low water levels at Kariba and constant breakdowns at Hwange, power generation has plummetted to less than half installed capacity.
The government is pinning its hopes on the development of several solar energy projects with scores of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) having been licenced in recent years.