Nhimbe Fresh, one of Zimbabwe’s largest horticultural firms, has completed the construction of a 1,9 megawatts solar plant to power operations at its estates in Marondera, about 80 kilometres east of Harare.
South African energy start-up Sun Exchange raised US$1,4 million in a crowd sale, so far the largest in Africa, after investors purchased individual solar cells in the project. In return, investors will earn a rental income from the electricity generated.
The crowd sale attracted nearly 2 000 buyers from the US, Europe, Australia and South Africa. Nhimbe Fresh is a premier African exporter of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, stone fruit, snap peas, fresh vegetables and snow peas.
The firm is currently expanding into avocado and macadamia production.