HCC to save $2m in new streetlights project

HARARE - A solar project that will see the installation of 10 000 solar streetlights will save Harare City Council $2 million annually in maintenance and electricity bills.

According to the environmental management committee minutes, seven companies will carry out the solar project.

The seven companies, AD Outpost Media, Alliance media, AXA Media, Badore Enterprises, S.1.I, Serepta Investments and Sonic Ray Investments are into the lighting and advertising business.

Presently, at night Harare resembles a dark city with most lights not functioning and the current power cuts have only worsened the situation.

And now the capital city is seeking to install solar streetlights along Willowvale, Seke, Churchill, Chiremba, Rekai Tangwena, Highfield as well as  Quorn and Argyle roads.

“The committee noted that the project would be undertaken in phases. The first phase would see the installation of 1 000 solar streetlights along the roads stated above and the installation of the rest of the 9 000 solar streetlights would be completed in 3 years.

“The technology had already been proven by the existing pilot projects hence no sample would be installed,” read part of the minutes.

Director of works Phillip Pfukwa said the build operate and transfer project would be handed over to council after the 10 to 15-year proposed lease had lapsed.

Pfukwa added that the maintenance of the streetlights during the lease period would be carried out by the companies.

“In exchange, council will allow the private partners to put up advertisements on the streetlight poles as per specifications outlined in the city’s by-laws.

“To ensure that the city benefits from the advertising business, private partners would give to the city five percent of their profits on an annual basis,” he said.

Harare has installed solar streetlights in the Central Business District through a public private partnership with Lamise Investments at a cost of $15 million.

However, the streetlights are being vandalised, with property worth thousands of dollars having gone down the drain since March this year due to vandalism.

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