The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has signed a contract to design and install a 1.52 megawatts solar plant with a battery storage capacity of 2.26 megawatt-hours.
The solar power plant will be mounted on carport and rooftop canopies and will generate 2.45 gigawatt-hours of energy annually, reducing the ministry’s energy dependence on non-renewable power source by 71 per cent and reducing carbon dioxide generation by 2,600 tonnes.
The advanced microgrid and energy storage system for the project is provided by a United States firm, Tesla, while the energy efficiency components are provided by Schneider Electric, according to the statement.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, was quoted as saying that the project would make the ministry the first of Federal Government’s office complexes to use renewable energy as its primary power source.
“Once completed, the system will save millions of naira every year on a cleaner and more reliable power supply. This forms part of the Federal Government’s commitment to renewable energy and mini grid policy,” he added.