The solar photovoltaic system will be connected to the Zimbabwean national electricity grid.
Old Mutual has already submitted the project for approval to the state regulatory authority, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) and the insurance company wants to sell its surplus production to the state-owned Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC).
This will require the construction of a 2.4 km transmission line to connect the solar plant to the 33/11 kV Dorset substation.
The insurance company also has the option of building a 10-kilometer line to the 132/33/11kV Pomona substation.
Just this July 2021, Total Zimbabwe, the subsidiary of the French oil company Total Energies decided to solarise 50% of its service stations in the coming years an initiative that has a triple objective of reducing the dependence of its facilities on the ZETDC grid, to limit the use of diesel generators, and to reduce the carbon footprint of the service stations.
Total Energies signed the partnership with Distributed Power Africa (DPA), the subsidiary of the Zimbabwean group Econet Global, to install solar photovoltaic systems in 15 of its service stations in Zimbabwe.
It will also enable the petroleum distributor to reduce its electricity bills.
Total Energies will invest US$4 million to achieve this.
The Paris-based group wants to equip 5,000 of its service stations with solar photovoltaic systems in 57 countries, most of them in Africa.
These installations will have a cumulative capacity of 200 MWp, for a total investment of US$300 million.
Since November 2019, soft drink manufacturer Schweppes Africa Holdings has had a solar power plant to power its factory in the capital Harare.
The plant, which consists of 2,446 solar panels and has a capacity of 1 MW, was built by Distributed Power Africa (DPA).