HARARE City Council will install 10 000 solar streets lights by year end as it moves to become a world class city by 2020, Acting Town Clerk Mrs Josephine Ncube has said.
In an interview, Mrs Ncube said council had engaged companies to work on the project.
“The solar street lighting project is a very active project which we are excited about because it is going to enable us to light up the city in an affordable way.
“The project is in two phases. The first phase is going to comprise 10 000 street lights in various streets within the Central Business District and also streets which are out of the city,” she said.
Phase two of the project will see council installing the lights outside the CBD.
“After that, we will now go into phase two, which will now take us into other roads which are not necessarily the major roads and which are not really in the CBD. So, you will see by the end of this year those 10 000 lights should be up,” she said.
Mrs Ncube said council engaged several companies for the implementation of the project.
“For the first phase, there are two companies and the work on the airport road is almost complete because they have now put up the lights from the airport right up to the roundabout on Dieppe Road.
“There is also work currently going on along Churchill Road, Borrowdale Road and Fourth Street (now Simon Vengai Muzenda Street),” she said.
Council has also installed solar lights along Robert Mugabe Road
Mrs Ncube said the lights were being imported.
She said the use of solar street lights was environmentally friendly.
“It is also friendly in terms of using renewable energy considering the shortage of electricity that is going on, not only in Zimbabwe, but worldwide, hence it is actually pushing us as local authorities to look at ways of making sure that we go green as far as energy use is concerned.”
Installation of solar lights is also expected to reduce council’s electricity bill.