The solar industry worldwide is definitely a game changer which offers a safer and more reliable source of energy.
With the increased popularity of the technology, solar power has become the go to for a significant number of Nigerians. Within the past year, a number of solar projects were initiated in the country. Below are some notable solar projects in Nigeria
Solar Power Naija
The Federal government of Nigeria launched a ‘Solar Power Naija’ project on the 7th of December 2020. This programme focuses on 5 million solar connections for off-grid communities as part of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.This solar power programme is expected to generate an additional N7 billion ($18 million) increase in tax revenues per annum and $10 million in annual import substitution, according to a media statement issued by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA). Read about this project here
Solar Subscription Plan
The aim of this initiative is to provide clean solar energy to thousands of Nigerians. This project powered by Solynta Energy offers Nigerians clear electricity for as long as they need at cheaper rates. The aim is to allow for better standards of living and allow for productivity and development in Nigerian communities.
Solynta energy aims to conduct 650 new connections in 2021 and rise to 950 by next year; 2022.
Ashama Solar Photovoltaic Project
B&S Power Holding Pte, a Singapore-based renewable energy company, and Sunnyfred Global, a Nigerian investment firm, announced a collaboration to construct a 200 megawatts (MW) solar farm to be located in Ashama Village in Delta State, Nigeria. The two companies have concluded arrangements with other stakeholders and technical partners to design, develop, finance and construct the large-scale photovoltaic (PV) system, according to a statement released on Thursday, 18th of February 2021.
This power station is expected to facilitate Nigeria avoid 200,000,000 tonnes (196,841,306 long tons; 220,462,262 short tons) carbon emissions annually. This will keep the environment clean, and offer healthier lives to Nigerians. In addition, the power station is expected to reduce the number of families who harvest forests and woodlands for firewood and charcoal.
Nigeria is making moves towards greener living and general development as embracing renewable energy opens up a world of new possibilities for the citizens.
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