NB goes offgrid with 650 kW solar powered plant in Ibadan.

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NB goes offgrid with 650 kW solar powered plant in Ibadan.

Nigerian Breweries Plc (NB) and CrossBoundary Energy have announced the signing of Heineken’s first solar project in Africa, a pact that will see the latter installing and operating a 650 kW solar plant at the brewer’s Ibadan Brewery, later this year. According to the brewer, the solar plant will supply 1GWh yearly to the Ibadan brewery at a significant discount to their current cost of power, while reducing the site’s CO2 emissions by over 10,000 tonnes over the lifespan of the plant.

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CrossBoundary Energy will operate the facility on behalf of Nigerian Breweries as part of a 15-year solar services agreement. Hence, NB will only pay for solar power produced, receiving a single monthly bill that incorporates all maintenance, monitoring, insurance and financing costs.

The plant will support the local employment of at least a dozen engineering, construction and maintenance professionals during installation and the 25+ year lifetime of the system, while supporting the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (NERC) target of having 2,000MW of power capacity from renewables by 2020.

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