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Nigeria plans 420 MW of solar in nine northern states

—— 发布时间:2017-05-20 ——

The Nigerian Government aims to soon deploy a total of 420 MW of solar power capacity in nine states in northern Nigeria through a program developed with the help of the German Government, reports AllAfrica, citing a statement made by the secretary of Nigeria’s National Energy Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Njiddah, during a recent stakeholders meeting in Abuja. Njiddah said the project would be implemented under the Nigerian-German Energy Partnership-Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects (REEPS). In 2008, the Nigerian Government signed an agreement with Germany to invest �0 million ($28.6 million at the time) to increase energy efficiency by about 6,500 MW through a mix of power generation sources. Through the project, the German Government agreed to fund the construction of 500 MW of solar energy in northern Nigeria within 5 years. According to Njiddah, the pilot scheme, which will eventually see PV systems installed in all 19 of Nigeria’s northern states, will commence shortly in nine states. These states are Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano Nasarawa and Sokoto The majority of the nine states have requested that a single 30 MW PV power plant be installed within their borders; however, Kano and Nasarawa have asked that three or four smaller PV plants be developed in different parts of their states. Each of the 30 MW plants would cost between $50 million and $60 million to build, according to Njiddah. The article does not say when construction on the projects is expected to begin, nor does it say when the power plants are due to come online. Nigeria aims for renewable energy systems to make up 5% of its power generation capacity by 2020. © PHOTON