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Zimbabwe tenders for 500MW solar power plants in renewable energy drive
(Reuters, 18 May 2020) Zimbabwe has endured long power cuts after a drought reduced dam levels at its hydro plant, while ageing thermal stations constantly break down
Zimbabwe's state power transmission company has invited bids for the construction of 500 megawatts (MW) of solar power plants as part of a drive to increase its use of renewable energy and end power cuts.
The southern African nation since last year has endured cuts, known locally as load shedding, lasting up to 18 hours after a devastating drought reduced dam levels at its hydro plant while ageing thermal stations constantly break down.
Supplies have improved since the country entered a coronavirus lockdown at the end of March, forcing industry to close.
Zimbabwe also paid off arrears to South African power supplier Eskom, guaranteeing supplies of up to 400MW daily.
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