Nigeria unveils plans to power airport, 100 communities with solar energy
London, Oct. 28, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Federal government of Nigeria is collaborating with one of the state government, Sokoto state on the establishment of 10-megawatt solar-powered electricity plant that will connect agencies and about 100 communities in the state.
Agencies to benefit from the project include Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH), Sultan Abubalar III International Airport, International Conference centre and Sokoto State Water Board besides no fewer than 100 settlements.
Alhaji Balarabe Dandin-Mahe, the Sokoto state Commissioner for Energy and Petroleum Resources, who disclosed this to newsmen on Sunday in Sokoto noted that the project was still on conception stage but all relevant partners had been engaged for the commencement.
He said the project would be executed by Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Sokoto state government, Kaduna Electricity Company and other partners.
He explained that the design was to provide electricity on 24-hour basis to the benefiting communities in Yabo, Shagari local government areas as well as parts of Sokoto metropolis.
According to him, smart metering will be provided to consumers.
He expressed optimism that when completed it would rejuvenate business actitivies and reduce burden on the national grid.
The Commissioner added that another 30 megawatt solar/wind electricity supply project in parnership with the Federal Government was underway at Jaribi community in Shagari local government area.
He said land for the project had been provided while engineers had conducted feasiblity studies for the commencement of the project.
Dandin-Mahe explained that it was designed to provide electricity to 22 communities located at hinterland far away from the national grid.
The Commissioner noted that state government was investing in renewable energy project in recognition of the abundant sources across the state as well as being environmental-friendly in terms of pollution and sustainablity.
According to him, two communities in the state, Kurdula and Torankawa, are fully enjoying completed solar powered electricity projects and not dependent on the national grid at present.
He further said that the state government also initiated 38-megawatt Independent Power Project (IPP) handled by foreign partners which had reached advanced stage.
He said some foreign experts were being expected in the country in December for completion of the project which would surely boost electricity supply across the state.
He pointed out that all efforts were geared toward mitigating low level of electricity supply, enhancing economic and social activties as well as struggle against desertification through reducing tree felling for cooking and other environmental sustainablity.
Dandin-Mahe said enlightenment on safe and productive use of electricity had begun in all areas across the state as well as importance of bill payment as at when due.