Harare City Council has agreed to enter into a business partnership with a Chinese company to build a solar components manufacturing plant.
As part of the agreement Council will provide land for the solar plant.
Minutes availed by the authorities revealed that Council will partner, Yaowei Technology after they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The Town Clerk has since been tasked with identifying a piece of land at which the solar manufacturing plant will be sited.
The Councilors have also requested that as part of the due diligence exercise, the Business Committee must undertake a visit of inspection to the company’s premises in China ‘as well as where a similar project has been undertaken’.
In 2019 the Chinese company was reported to be in a partnership with the government to develop the renewable energy sector in Zimbabwe.
It was said to have invested $15 million to support the creation of a plant specializing in the construction of solar panels.
The initiative would help to reduce the energy deficit currently facing Zimbabwe.
However, nothing much has happened on the ground since then.