According to the Zambezi River Authority CEO, Munyaradzi Munodawafa, a similar proposal is being considered for the proposed 2,400 MW Bakota Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station, which will also be situated on the Zambezi River.
“There are lots of areas that can provide solar,” Munodawafa stated, adding, “Right now, everyone sees a lot of rain, but on the ground the lower catchment that was supposed to give us more water did not. That’s climate change.”
Due to a prolonged drought that has cut output from Kariba Dam, with water levels falling to less than 1% at the beginning of the year, the installation of photovoltaic capacity to the world’s largest man-made lake will take advantage of the country’s abundant solar resources while providing renewable energy to the region.
According to Munodawafa, the final decision on the use of floating solar panels at the Kariba Dam by the Zambezi River Authority has yet to be made and will be subject to the cost of the project.