A community-owned 99kW solar mini-grid is providing power to the Mashaba community in Gwanda district, an arid rural enclave in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland South region. The 99kW Mashaba power plant, the country’s first such project, was implemented by Practical Action Southern Africa and its partners SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and Zimbabwe’s Dabane Trust under Practical Action’s Sustainable Energy for Rural Communities (SE4RC) project, whose goal is to ensure universal access to modern energy services in rural areas of Malawi and Zimbabwe.