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China proposes 1200 MW floating solar PV plant for Zimbabwe

  • 5 months ago (2023-04-12)
  • David Flin
Africa 283 Solar 224

China Energy Engineering Group has proposed to construct a 1200 MW floating solar PV plant on Lake Kariba to help alleviate Zimbabwe’s electricity crisis.

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Zimbabwe currently has an installed capacity of 2500 MW, and with periodic low water levels at Lake Kariba, reducing output from the 1050 MW Lake Kariba hydropower plant, faces a significant electricity generation deficit. Peak demand is predicted to be approaching 4700-5200 MW.

The proposed floating solar power plant will use over 1.8 million PV panels covering 25 km2. These will be 655 W mono crystalline bifacial dual glass modules. The plant will operate for 25 years. The total project price is estimated to be around $1 billion.