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Nigeria’s government has inaugurated the most significant off-grid solar hybrid power plant in Africa. Located in Bayero University, Kano State, the installation was part of the Energising Education Program of the nation. It is expected to provide power for almost 56,000 students and more than 3,000 staff.
Just last month, the West African country switched on what was the first cleantech project for its universities. The 2.9 MW facility in Ebonyi State University (EBSU) was the first solar hybrid plant for the country.
Now, the second is being commissioned under the second phase of the same program. The initiative, in general, is to deliver clean and sustainable energy to 9 federal universities and 1 teaching hospital in Nigeria.
This latest entry for Nigeria’s renewable energy sector has a capacity of 7.1 MW, which is more than double of the last effort in Ebonyi State. This is a great improvement and a milestone for the four-year ambition to solarize tertiary institutions using solar hybrids and gas-fire captive plants.
The inauguration ceremony also saw the unveiling of 11.41 KM of solar-powered street lights and a cutting-edge renewable training center. A statement from the Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria (REA) describes the project as “mission accomplished” in the government’s efforts towards sustainable energy and better education. REA is the body responsible for implementing the streak of projects.
Given a World Bank report which reveals that 80 million of 190 million Nigerians lack power access, one would understand just how much the initiative means. “Students and staff of Bayero University, Kano, can now experience learning and teaching in a safer, cleaner and more conducive academic environment,” said Damilola Ogunbiyi, REA Managing Director.
The solar program, as previously reported, also includes encouraging young women into STEM education and jobs. This first phase of the EEP is being funded by the Nigerian government. The second and third phases of the program will be funded by the World Bank and the African Development Bank.
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