The Cross River State Government is set to develop 2MW power plants across the 18 local government areas in the state. Plans for the project was unveiled, during a project presentation that help at the conference room of the Governor’s office in Calabar.
The power project is expected to boost electricity supply in all the councils on or before 2019 and it will be executed in partnership with a South African firm, Industrial Project Services (IPS).
According to the Cross River State Governor Prof Ben Ayade, the project will combine both renewable and non-renewable source of power across the local governments. He said they are considering the option of using solar for the day and gas fire for the night.
“I have 18 local government areas and it is my commitment to ensure that every local government area, every single village has electricity under my watch.”
“The radiation studies and baseline data for Nigeria covers copiously a spectrum of Cross River. Obviously the radiation that we see from literature studies shows clearly that we have high level of radiation and therefore making the applicability of solar as an energy source in the northern and central part of the state is very viable,” Ayade said.
“We are trying to have an industrial setting where we will actually be dealing with power supply and solar base systems to stranded communities, communities that are disconnected from national grid as well as some municipalities that have national grid,” he added.
He also stated that the project will be the first of its kind in the South-south region of the country as no state in that region has attempted to use solar power on such a large scale. He revealed that the project will be implementing a large scale solar farm that will run through about 3 hectares of land.
“This will be the first solar power project to be undertaken in the South-South of Nigeria at commercial scale,
“once this succeeds, it means that we would have opened the door to the real big market of Africa which is the Nigerian market and if you have the Nigerian market, Africa will simply follow.”
“This is not going to be on the roof, you are going to have a solar farm with about two or three hectares depending on the size, powered into the facilities to generate electricity to the LGAs and help us get 24 hours of electricity in all 18 LGAs before 2019.”
Earlier, representative of the firm, Mark Philips, said having embarked on similar projects across 13 countries in Africa and two in Europe among others, IPS work undoubtedly according to specification and in line with international standards.