First solar plant of mini-grid project (phase III) begins trial-operation in Zimbabwe

Updated: May 31,2024


The mini-grid solar plant.

The first solar plant of the Zimbabwe Mini-grid Solar Project (Phase III), undertaken by POWERCHINA, recently completed commissioning and began test operations, marking a significant milestone for the project.

The phase III project encompasses the structural design, equipment supply, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance training for seven photovoltaic sites.

At the power-generation ceremony, the owner's technical lead thanked POWERCHINA for its hard work in Zimbabwe's rural electrification. The successful trial operation lays a solid foundation for the future implementation and expansion of the project.

Other solar plants will also be put into operation one by one, providing clean energy to more rural residents and effectively alleviating power shortages.

Since 2020, POWERCHINA has signed agreements for three phases of the mini-grid series of projects with the Zimbabwe Rural Electrification Fund (REF), which requires the construction of 33 photovoltaic stations in rural areas across 10 provinces in Zimbabwe. POWERCHINA is also responsible for training people how to operate these photovoltaic stations.

The projects will significantly increase local power supply capacity and promote the development of renewable energy in Zimbabwe.