Zimbabwe - SOVENTIX South Africa, a subsidiary of the Germany international solar projects developer SOVENTIX GmbH, has been awarded a contract to construct Zimbabwe’s largest IPP solar PV project.
Construction of the utility scale 22MW Harava solar plant will commence this month on 40 hectares of land in the Bwoni Village, Seke Rural District which is located south west of the city of Harare.
Bwoni village community are set to own 10% of the solar plant Community Development Share Ownership Trust.
The project is being funded by a Botswana based clean energy investor & Independent Power Producer, Invest Solar Africa Limited, which enjoys strong financial backing from top tier financial institutions from across Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana.
The Harava solar plant will be a fixed mounted 22 MW system powered by 66,528 solar modules and 192 string inverters, and would have an approximate energy generation capacity of 40 GWh per year.
Power from the solar plant will be fed into Zimbabwe’s national grid through a 132kV substation and overhead lines.
SOVENTIX SA will actually be constructing a 30 MVA substation, which would be large enough to cater for phase two of the project.
‘‘Infrastructure development, particularly energy generation is a cornerstone to growing an economy. Pioneering such projects into Africa has its challenges, however through commitment and tenacity both SOVENTIX SA and the developer have overcome,” says Jean-Paul de Villiers, managing director of SOVENTIX South Africa.
“I am very confident that the excellent cooperation will continue throughout the realisation process and I am looking forward to the start of construction. It is a privilege to be part of this project,” adds de Villiers.
SOVENTIX says that it sees great growth potential in the African solar market considering the high and continually soaring energy costs in countries like Zimbabwe and other southern African countries such as South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia.
“The photovoltaic market in Zimbabwe is still in the initial stage. The country offers great weather conditions to use the potential of solar energy. With the high and predictable level of irradiation photovoltaic could be used to stabilise electricity supply and reduce energy costs,” explains Thorsten Preugschas, CEO of SOVENTIX.
“Solar energy in southern Africa has convincing prospects for the population, local economy and international investors. I am confident that we will continue our successful development in the African growth markets with our experience and our know-how,” Preugschas explains further.
Being a leading global project developer in the solar industry SOVENTIX’s core business is the development, turnkey realisation and financing of high-yield solar parks and hybrid plants for institutions and companies.
The company also holds a portfolio of high-yield solar parks providing the company with stable cash flows.
As project developer SOVENTIX has access to a project pipeline of more than one gigawatt in different phases of development on four continents.