By Mhlomuli Ncube
An indigenous-owned five megawatt solar power plant is expected to start sending power to the national grid in the next 14 days.
The project is the culmination of five years of hard work by three young men whose dream was turned into a practical idea in 2016.
The solar power station is almost complete and now awaits commissioning.
“We will switch on to the national grid in two weeks. It has not been an easy road, but we have persevered,” said Solgas Energy CEO Kingston Kamba
For government, this is a slow but sure step towards local energy sustenance and the target of being a regional energy exporter by 2023.
“We are excited. This is a moment to celebrate when young people who are indigenous entrepreneurs do this. We will support them all the way,” said the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Hon Soda Zhemu.
The solar power plant will also have a 28km powerline running from the site at Mabale in Hwange to Dete where it will connect to the main grid.
The project will then descend into Phase 2 where, another powerline will be installed reaching 51km while targeting 50 megawatts of power output.