Econet ventures into energy production
The leading and largest mobile operator in the country, Econet Wireless continues to spread its wings to other sectors. After launching Kwese Tv, a direct competitor for Dstv in a long time, the mobile network operator has now set its sights on electric power generation. The plant which is to be constructed in Willowvale is meant for its (Econet) own consumption and is expected to generate up to 0.45 MW.
The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority(ZERA) confirmed the developments in a statement released to the press. The authority confirmed the request for an electricity generation licence by then the company which is a protocol as cited in the Electricity Act (Chapter 13:19) of 2002.
“Notice is hereby given that the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) has received an application from Econet Wireless (Private) limited to construct, own, operate and maintain the proposed 0.45 MW rooftop solar photovoltaic power plant at 8 Earl Road, Willowvale, Harare. The purpose of the generation facilities is for own consumption. The project will also entail connection of the proposed solar system to the Highfield 132/33/11kV substation.
This notice is issued in terms of Section 65(2)(c) of the Electricity Act (Chapter 13: 19) of 2002 as read with Sections 3 and 4 of Part II of Statutory Instrument 103 of 2008 (Electricity (licensing) Regulations 2008).
The licence application by Econet Wireless (Private) Limited was done in terms of the provisions of Sections 40 and 46 of the Electricity Act (Chapter 13:19) of 2002.
Any person desiring to make representations on this application for a generation license as advertised may within 14 days from the last day of this publication lodge a written representation with the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) whose offices are at 45 Samora Machel Avenue, 14th-floor Century Towers, Harare. The written representations can either be handed over to ZERA offices or emailed to [email protected],” read the full statement.