ESI AFRICA - De Green Rhino Energy’s solar energy power plant in Marondera, east of Zimbabwe’s capital city, is experiencing delays to begin operating due to a missed PPA deadline.

In southern Africa, the first phase of the 150MW solar power plant, led by joint venture De Green Rhino Energy, has failed to come online because no power purchase agreement (PPA) has as yet been signed.

According to local media the Chronicle, the PPA was meant to have been signed last month between the joint venture company and the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC).

De Green Rhino Energy

De Green Rhino is a partnership between a local company De Opper Trading and a UK-based clean energy company, Green Rhino Energy.

The Chronicle reported that the Marondera solar power plant has now been fully implemented, with the first phase expected to output 50MW.

De Opper Trading’s CEO Francis Gogwe told the media that negotiations for the PPA along with the implementation have taken longer than expected, resulting in a delay in the construction of the project.

Gogwe said: “Construction of the 50MW under the first phase of the project was supposed to begin this month, but hasn't begun as we're yet to sign the power purchase agreement between ourselves and ZETDC.

“The signing of the power purchase agreement and implementation agreement was supposed to have been done in August.”

He explained that while waiting for the signing of the PPA, they are currently building offices at the site of the project.

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