ZTE Corporation of China is planning to partner independent solar power producers on the development of solar farms in Zimbabwe, a senior company official has said. ZTE corporate account manager Ms Tariro Lee told The Herald Business that the Chinese company is open to partnerships with independent producers among other private players. The company has enough expertise to develop independent solar power producers and we are open to partnerships where ZTE will set up solar farms for them. Setting up of solar farms is one of the core projects under the ZTE solar energy department.
The country is currently grappling with severe power shortages worsened by significant reduction in generation capacity at the country’s two main power stations. Low water levels at Kariba Hydro Power station has seen capacity dropping from 730MW to 490MW while production at Hwange Thermal Power Station, the largest in the country has also declined due to recurrent break downs.
The current generation challenges have availed opportunities that have seen private players registering interest in solar power generation. Ms Lee said the Chinese company has plans to engage local players in developing the supply of solar lighting and solar irrigation equipment in the country.
“There are projects that we will be open for engagement like solar lighting, solar water heating and those suitable for agriculture driven sectors of the economy. ZTE has done notable projects across the world not only on implementation but also on the manufacturing side,” said Mrs Lee.
She said ZTE will offer a solar based management system in tandem with plans to set up solar power generation plants and solar farms. The Chinese company already has plans to set up a solar equipment manufacturing plant after sealing a multimillion dollar solar energy deal with the Zimbabwe Power Company.
ZTE inked the country’s first major national solar project with ZPC and Intratrek Zimbabwe for construction of a 100 megawatt Gwanda power plant in a $146 million deal. Apart from solar operations, ZTE has the most complete telecommunications product line in the world, covering every vertical sector of wireless networks, core networks, access and bearer networks, services and terminals markets.
With its independent and creative research and development capability ZTE is capable of developing market leading technologies in wireless, switching, access, optical transmission, data, handsets and telecommunications software. ZTE has done successful projects both small and on a big scale with Econet Wireless, Powertel and Telecel among others.