ZIMBABWE: A tender for a 4.5 MWp solar power plant near Chiredzi

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ZIMBABWE: A tender for a 4.5 MWp solar power plant near Chiredzi © Sebastian Noethlichs/Shutterstock

In Zimbabwe, The Malilangwe Trust and Sustainable Agriculture Technology are inviting tenders for the selection of a company to provide engineering, design, procurement and construction services for a 4.5 MWp solar PV plant near the town of Chiredzi. Interested companies have 19 days to apply.

The deadline for the tender is June 30th, 2021. The objective is to select a company to carry out the detailed design, engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and commissioning tests of a 4.5 MWp solar PV plant. The facility will be located 30 km from Chiredzi, a town in Masvingo province.

The solar project is being developed by The Malilangwe Trust, in partnership with Sustainable Agriculture Technology. The selected company will implement the project in several phases. In the first phase, the technical partner will build a 400 kWp unit with a 560 kWp Tesla Li-Ion battery storage system. The first unit will also have a step-up transformer with all connections and a 33 kV power line.

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The second unit will have a capacity of 1.1 MWp. The electricity produced by both units will be sold to the private sector under a power purchase agreement (PPA). The third phase of the project is for 3 MWp to be fed into the Zimbabwe Electricity and Distribution Company (ZETDC) grid under an agreement with the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa).

According to Renewable Now, the technical partner will also have the opportunity to invest in the solar plant through a Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) agreement, with the transfer taking place after 15 years. In phases 1 and 2 there is an option for a 47% stake in the BOOT agreement and in phase 3 there is an option for a 33.3% stake in the BOOT agreement.

For more information on the tender, click here.

Jean Marie Takouleu


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