Impact of solar mini-grid on people in Mashaba town, a rural community in Zimbabwe

Last Modified: Fri Sep 29 2017 22:12:13 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 2015
    Year the power station was commissioned. Prior to the installation, farmers struggled to water their crops, frustrated by poor rainfall and the regular breakdown of the diesel engines that powered their irrigation systems.
  • 100 KW
    generation capacity of the community solar mini-grid power station installed in Mashaba town of rural Zimbabwe. Reliable power from the plant has made it possible to effectively irrigate crops, boosting farming yields and fuelling economic growth. Local leaders say schools have become more productive and medical facilities safer.
  • 400
    solar panels used. The plant powers the Mankonkoni and Rustlers Gorge irrigation schemes, the Mashaba Primary School, two business center with 7 shops and an energy kiosk and the Mashaba Clinic.
  • $3.2 million
    Cost of the mini-grid and was funded by the European Union, the OPEC Fund for International Development and the Global Environment Facility as part of a drive to promote universal access to modern energy in rural areas. The mini-grid will be co-owned by an independent power producer and the community through the trust.
  • 10,000
    Estimated number of people who are benefiting directly from the clean power grid, according to Thomas Makhalima, a Mashaba councillor.
  • 15x
    Increase in harvest seen by some farmers such as Mpokiseng Moyo, a mother of three who grows winter wheat. In the past she could barely produce a ton of food, now, since the new power supply was installed, she can easily harvest 15 tonnes.
  • 32%
    More students from Grade 7 passed than before. School’s enrolment figures and exam results have improved because the presence of a reliable power supply.