Cross River State
Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade. Pic credit: Cross River Watch.

In West Africa, the Nigerian Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has announced that his administration has concluded plans to build a 2MW multi-fuel power plant in each of the 18 local councils of the State.

Ayade explained that the plants would incorporate renewable and non-renewable energy sources, adding that the state was “considering the option of using solar for the day and gas fire for the night.”

He added that this move is to boost electricity supply in the rural communities of the State, the Guardian reported.

The project, scheduled for completion on or before 2019, is to be executed in partnership with a South African firm, Industrial Project Services.

“I have 18 local government areas and it is my commitment to ensure that every council and village has electricity under my watch,” the governor said. Read more…

Cross River State: radiation potential

The governor continued: “The radiation studies and baseline data for Nigeria cover copiously a spectrum of Cross River. Obviously the radiation that we see from literature studies shows clearly that we have a high level of it, thereby making the applicability of solar as an energy source in the northern and central part of the state very viable.

“We are trying to have an industrial setting where we will actually be dealing with power supply and solar base systems to stranded communities, those that are disconnected from the national grid as well as some municipalities that are there.”  Read more…

Ayede further elaborated on the choice of partner, which he said was informed by its experiences.

“This will be the first solar power project to be undertaken in South South Nigeria at a commercial scale. Once this succeeds, it means that we would have opened the door to the real big market of Africa which is Nigeria and if you have the Nigerian market, Africa will simply follow,” he said.