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Masvingo City looks for partners for 5MW solar plant

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Masvingo City looks for partners for 5MW solar plant

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ELLEN MLAMBO
MIRROR REPORTER

MASVINGO – Masvingo City Council is looking for private partners to establish a 5 Megawatt solar project at its Lake Mutirikwi Water Treatment Plant.
The solar plant will cost US$5 million.
Town Clerk, Edward Mukaratirwa said this during a presentation at the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) Masvingo Business Engagement meeting held at Flamboyant, a Regency Group Hotel last Friday.
He said that this has been necessitated by load shedding which has seen the local authority failing to pump enough water for the City.
The solar plant will be installed at Masvingo City’s Standard Farm situated 19km away from the Bushmead Water Works.
The feasibility study for the project was undertaken by The Design Team Consulting Engineers.
Mukaratirwa was presenting on Unlocking Opportunities for Growth, Investment and Collaboration.
He said the solar plant will help in the provision of uninterrupted water supply to the residents of Masvingo.
“There are a number of investment areas where the private sector can come and partner the local authority. We have done a technical feasibility study for a 5 Megawatt solar plant to power our water pumping and treatment. The land can be availed on an existing farm that we have. From the feasibility report, the cost estimate is about US$5 million,” he said. Another project that the City Council is looking at for partnering the private sector is a 60 mega litre per day water treatment plant. Currently, the local authority has a 30 mega litre per day water treatment plant.
“We have done the technical and financial feasibility studies and cost estimate for the project which is about US$70 million. In terms of housing delivery, we also have several pieces of land earmarked for commercial purposes, residential flats, including high, medium and low density stands. We also have outright purchase or joint venture land development,” he added.

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