At a cost of approximately $1 billion, the proposed facility would cover an area of over 2,500 hectares, making it the largest of its kind on the continent and one of the biggest worldwide. About 1.8 million solar panels will be installed at a cost of $987 million, with construction set to take place over several phases, creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs.
In total, the project will take three years to complete, upon which it is expected to generate clean electricity for over two million households in the country, significantly improving access to clean and affordable energy.
With Zimbabwe currently relying on coal for the majority of its power generation, the project marks the start of the transition to a cleaner energy future, enabling the country to reduce carbon emissions while reducing electricity costs. The project forms part of the government’s plans to bring 1,100 MW of solar projects online by 2025.