New 5MW Solar Power Plant Lights Up Hwange

Independent Power Producer (IPP), Solgas Energy has completed the first phase of its 10MW solar plant in Hwange after feeding 5MW into the national grid since last Sunday.

The solar power plant which is located at Cross Mabale underwent hot testing before successfully feeding 5MW of clean renewable energy into the national electricity grid.

Speaking to The Sunday News in a telephone interview, Solgas Energy chief executive officer Kingston Kamba said:

The first phase is now complete and connected to the grid. The power plant is adding 5MW of electricity to the national grid.

5MW may seem small as compared to other projects in the region and the world. However, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

So, I believe in the context of our country and the journey this young Republic is on, it speaks volumes of our potential and what we can achieve when we work together.

He said plans were underway to commence the second phase which would coincide with the commissioning of the plant. About US$8.5 million is going to be required to fund the second phase.

The first phase whose construction started earlier this year at a cost of US$7.5 million was supported by Old Mutual.

Solgas Energy was founded by three local entrepreneurs namely Kamba, Petros Kazunga and Tafadzwa Muchinda who are the chief operating officer and chief finance officer respectively.

More: The Sunday News

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