The federal government has commissioned a 60 kilowatts (kW) grid-connected solar power plant in Torankawa community of Sokoto state worth N146 million. The Acting Director, Department of Renewable Energy and Rural Power Access at the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Engr. Faruk Yabo Yusuf said the plant will provide uninterrupted electricity supply to 350 households with 1,750 people benefitting from it. “It’s the first of its kind in Nigeria because all other solar projects are the off-grid project,” Yusuf said, adding that the plant which connects to the national grid was a pilot to test the Mini Grid Regulation launched by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in 2017.
He said the plant delivered in three months also provides power to 20 small businesses, five mosques, community irrigation farm and with 50 street lights. It was funded under the Renewable Energy Micro Utility (REMU) project with proceeds from Nigerian Sovereign Green Bond issued in 2017. The project handler and Managing Director of Protogy Global Services, Engr. Ademola Agoro explained that the plant has 99 per cent assurances of availability of power supply all year round.
India sourcing 10% Energy Requirements From Nigeria –Envoy – Punch
The Republic of India is sourcing about 10 per cent of its energy requirement from Nigeria, the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Abhay Thakur, stated on Tuesday. He disclosed this during his visit to the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, at the headquarters of the NNPC in Abuja. Thakur also commended Nigeria for its support to India in the area of energy security, stressing that Nigeria had been contributing significantly to India’s energy needs. He said India was open to further strengthening its collaboration with Nigeria through regular dialogue and exchange of technical know-how.
Thakur was quoted in a statement issued by the spokesperson for the NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, as saying, “Specifically, India is already sourcing almost 10 per cent of its energy requirement from Nigeria. “And we look forward to further strengthen this cooperation across various sources of energy, not only oil but also in gas, solar energy and other renewable sources.” This came as the NNPC announced that Nigeria and India pledged to work more closely to enhance the energy security of both countries.