In Ogun State, Nigeria the Big Bottling Company’s 950kW solar power installation has come online. The system showcases the commercial and industrial (C&I) market’s appetite for renewable energy.
According to Starsight Energy, an African C&I solar power provider, this project is the largest solar solution in Nigeria to date. The installation shows the potential of sustainable power for Nigerian industries.
The Big Bottling Company’s Nigerian plant produces Big Cola, Big Orange, and other popular Nigerian drinks. The planned doubling of the plant’s production rate required diversification of its energy supply.
the system will offset the plant’s gas consumption during peak solar production
Starsight Energy was approached to design a solution. Using the available roof space on the Big Bottling plant, the engineering team designed a rooftop solar solution that is fully integrated into the plant’s existing natural gas power infrastructure.
The company’s technology-enabled system will offset the plant’s gas consumption during peak solar production, thereby enabling the plant to reduce its gas usage. The system will help Big Bottling Company offset 11,743 tons of CO2 over the project’s ten-year lifetime. These savings will help the company keep its commitment to protecting the environment.
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Prahlad K. Gangadharan, CEO of Big Bottling Company, commented: “We were motivated to expand production at our primary Nigerian plant in a sustainable way and Starsight have delivered an excellent solution.
“Their system integrates into our existing power infrastructure and was designed, installed, and brought online in just five months. We look forward to generating green energy and reducing our carbon emissions, and we know we can rely on Starsight’s lifetime service guarantee.”
Tony Carr, Starsight Energy CEO, added: “Whether it’s a 100% solar or hybrid system, our systems guarantee seamless integration, 99.9% uptime, and significant reduction in CO2 emissions. We are proud of our world-class engineering team for designing and deploying this large-scale solar solution, and we look forward to installing similar systems for our industrial clients in Nigeria and Ghana, as well as in our new markets in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.”
The Big Bottling Company came into existence on 1 August 2018, when DUET Private Equity Limited, a principal investor in emerging and frontier markets, acquired a majority stake in AJEAST Nigeria Limited.