Three solar power plant developments are set to drive the Nigerian government's target of 75% of the nation's citizens gaining access to electricity by 2020.International solar developer, Phanes Group announced last week that it has acquired, and will co-develop, three 100MW grid-connected solar PV plants in Nigeria.
According to a company statement the projects will contribute to the government’s ambitions to generate 2,000MW of power from renewable sources by 2020.
The projects will be developed in three locations, which includes the Mando area of Kaduna, Birnin-Kebbi in Kebbi and Sokoto in the North-West of Nigeria.
The solar developer noted that the Sokoto project is backed by one of the 14 recently signed Power Purchase Agreements with utility-scale solar power developers – which will collectively add around 1,200MW of solar capacity to the grid.
Solar developer sets deadline on projects
The Dubai-based solar developer said it is targeting to connect the first 50MW of the Sokoto project by Q1 2018, and the project is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
The Kebbi and Kaduna projects will be delivered under the Hasken-Rana brand (meaning ‘sunshine’ in Hausa – one of the most spoken languages in West Africa) – a joint venture between the solar developer and its Nigerian partners, and are due for completion before the end of 2019, the company said.
The chief executive officer of Phanes Group, Martin Haupts, commented: “Nigeria’s policy makers have worked proactively to address the nation’s immediate and long term electrification challenges through the introduction of attractive clean energy policies, and we are beginning to see the fruits of those policies.”
Haupts added: “Despite its challenges, Nigeria’s potential for solar development is unquestionable and from a standing start it may soon emerge as solar leader among its sub-Saharan African peers.”
These new commercially viable projects demonstrate the strength of public, private partnerships whilst setting Nigeria on positive to course greater energy security and economic development – a model for African solar deployment.”