Harare City Council has partnered a foreign investor in a $15 million project that will see solar street lights installed in the city centre.
The project has started with Robert Mugabe Way, where workmen are already installing the solar powered street lights.
The whole central business district requires 4 000 lights, council says.
“We have embarked on a project that will see solar street lights being installed in Harare.
“It is being done at no cost to the city council since we were partnered by a Zambian company, Lamise Investments, which will in return enjoy advertising rights on the poles for a period of 15 years,” said council spokesperson Mr Michael Chideme.
The use of solar energy would help reduce council’s electricity bill significantly.
“The installation of lights will increase visibility and reliability as power cuts will no longer affect their function,” he said.
Installation of street lights which has begun with Robert Mugabe Way, is expected to cover a number of other streets including Samora Machel, Jason Moyo, Julius Nyerere, Kenneth Kaunda, First Street, Sam Nujoma, Third Street, Simon Vengai Muzenda, Leopold Takawira, Angwa, Herbert Chitepo Avenue and Borrowdale Road.
Residents have all along condemned council for failing to repair damaged streets lights.