Centragrid successfully commissioned 2MW (Phase 1) of its licensed capac- ity on the 1st of August 2019. This is one of only two such grid tied PV solar power plants that are operating in Zimbabwe.
The 2MW plant consist of polycrystalline panels, arranged in series and set in racking structures that are fitted with horizontal single axis trackers that track the movement of the sun from the east to the west.
The tracking system enables our plant to yield result 25% more electrical output than a compara- ble plant with a fixed racking system. There are string grid-tied inverters, AC combiner boxes and a 0.48/33kV step up transformer. A breaker room for power conditioning has been built, with capabilities for protection, frequency and voltage monitoring, metering, control and operations func- tions. Power from the plant is fed into the national grid through a 33kV overhead transmission line that terminates into the 33kV Norton-Darwendale feeder.
Centragrid is currently in development to expand its power plant to its full licensed capacity of 25MW (Phase 2). On completion of the expansion, the 25MW plant will comprise of solar modules arranged into 10 power blocks, each with a capacity of 2.5MWdc. The 25MW plant will cover a land area of about 50ha.
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