Could Smart-Meter-Led Net-Metering help in improving Zimbabwe's energy security?

Could Smart-Meter-Led Net-Metering help in improving Zimbabwe's energy security?

Global newswire Reuters has reported on a public notice issued by Zetdc today which appears to indicate the utility has opened a tender for 500 MW of solar generation capacity. pv magazine has been unable to find the reported document on either the public notice or tender sections of the Zetdc website at the time of going to press, however.

“The Zimbabwe Electricity and Distribution Company (Zetdc) is intending to contract 500 MW of PV solar plants of varying capacities at different identified strategic locations,” Reuters quoted the utility as stating in the document.

In January, the World Bank said it was helping the Zimbabwean government introduce a competitive tendering program for procuring large scale PV power projects under the recently completed National Renewable Energy Policy.

The nation is in desperate need of power generation capacity and solar offers a cheap, scalable solution. Zimbabwe had only 12 MW of installed solar capacity at the end of December, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. Only 1 MW of solar was added to the country’s grid last year. Read More