The Victoria Falls tourism industry has endorsed the proposed setting up of a multi-million dollar Solar Farm project as critical in alleviating power shortages and ensuring that the resort town joins the list of other renowned green destinations.
Faced with serious power outages which have resulted in most hotels relying on generators, the Victoria Falls tourism industry has stepped up efforts to come up with a lasting solution to the power challenges.
A recent stakeholders meeting convened by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) saw tourism players throwing their weight behind the setting up of a multi-million dollar Victoria Falls solar farm.
Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe Representative, Barbara Musariranwa and Victoria Falls Town Clerk, Ronnie Dube stressed the need to support and prioritise the speedy execution of the project.
“We are excited by this all inclusive approach in addressing the power challenges and the industry we welcome the proposed solar farm project,” said Mr Dube.
ZTA Acting Chief Executive, Rita Lukukuma highlighted that adoption of alternative and sustainable energy sources for the tourism sector will be critical in transforming Victoria Falls into a green destination.
“The solar project has a beautiful dimension of enhancing the status of the tourism quality in this town. There are people now who will visit a place just because it is environmentally friendly,” she said.
A local financial institution has already indicated its willingness to finance the solar power project while power utility, ZESA Holdings is working on upgrading the transmission infrastructure around the resort town and completion of the Mkosana substation project which is currently at 50%.