Nigeria seeks to deliver 30 per cent of total energy capacity through renewables by 2030”, The Minister of Power Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN said on Tuesday in Abuja. When he presided over the signing of the Put/Call Option Agreements (PCOA) with two Solar Power developers. – Afrinegia Nigeria Limited and CT Cosmos Nigeria Limited.
The Agreement, which was co-ordinated by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), is a key aspect of the finalization of the Power Purchase Agreement which the Federal Government signed with 14 Solar Power developers in July/August last year to deal with any premature termination of the PPA. Afrinegia Nigeria Limited will deliver 50MW while CT Cosmos will deliver 70MW to the Grid on completion.
Making his remarks at the event, the Minister who described the signing of the PCOA as a milestone, again stressed the importance of Nigerians investing locally as a way of supporting the ongoing efforts by Government in rebuilding the country. He noted that experience had shown that whenever the investment weather got stormy and cloudy in the country, it was the persistence, perseverance and indomitable spirit of the indigenous investors that would support Government adding that the moving investors would simply look for calmer investment weather.
According to the Minister, “Sometimes when the weather gets stormy and cloudy, like it has been a few months back, some of the first people to go are the moving investors as they look for calmer weather. It is the persistence and perseverance and the indomitable spirit of Nigerians who have invested in Nigeria that will help to support the efforts that Mr President and the Vice President and the Nigerian Government are making to rebuild the Nigeria that we want to see”.
Thanking the two local investors for their confidence in the nation’s economy, Fashola said the Solar development initiative was in line with the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Programme pointing out that one of the five priority actions of the 60 interventions in the Plan was Energy Supply which was the responsibility of his Ministry.
The Minister said the initiative also sat well with the objective of his Ministry to get Incremental Power wherever it was available, safe and environmental friendly adding that it also agreed appropriately with the Global trend in renewables and Nigeria’s commitment as a signatory to the Agreement to seek more sources of renewable Energy and deliver energy in the way that it sustains the Planet and human life for a more enduring period.
It appears that Nigeria has finally begun to take steps to harness its renewable energy potential. We can only hope we continue on this trajectory.