Minister acts on solar tender bungling

ENERGY and Power Development Minister Samuel Undenge has sought Cabinet authority to access bids for Zimbabwe Power Company’s 300 megawatt solar projects after being frustrated by the State Procurement Board’s delay in approving the projects.

Minister Undenge said he decided to seek permission from Cabinet to evaluate financial and technical capacities of the tendering companies before making recommendations for faster implementation of the projects to alleviate power shortages in the country.

The solar power projects, meant to address the power deficit in the country and increase renewable energy contribution to the energy mix, as enunciated in the Zim-Asset medium-term economic policy, will be constructed in Bulawayo, Munyati and Gwanda.