Zimbabwe opens 285 MW PV tender

16 Sep 2019

The Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBW) has issued a request for proposals in a bid for the construction of eight solar parks and two-mini hydropower plants, totaling more than 285 MW of PV capacity. Interested parties have until the end of September 2019 to submit proposals.

The PV projects include the construction of two 50-MW solar parks in Marondera, Mashonaland East Province, and in Kwekwe, in the Midlands Province, respectively. Two additional 50-MW PV parks will be installed in Bulilima District, Matabeleland South Province and in the Kusile District of Matabeleland North Province. The tender also covers the construction of facilities with solar capacities of 20 MW, 10 MW, and 5 MW. In July 2019, the Government approved the construction of a 100 MW solar PV power plant associated with 240 MWh of battery energy storage system (BESS). With only 12 MW of installed PV capacity at the end of 2018, Zimbabwe targets to get at least 1,575 megawatts of power from solar by 2030.

According to the IDBW, Zimbabwe's energy sector requires about US$7.3 bn for infrastructure development to achieve the targets of the Transitional Stabilisation Programme Reforms Agenda (TSP 2018-2020). Of the US$7.3bn required, the Government allocated only US$2.4bn through its budget, leaving a financing gap of US$4.9bn to be covered by the private sector.

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