Bayero University, Kano has become a beneficiary of the FG sponsored Energizing Education Programme (EEP) with the commissioning of the 7.1MW off-grid solar hybrid power plant in Africa. Under implementation by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), the Energising Education Programme (EEP) is a Federal Government intervention focused on developing off-grid dedicated independent power plants, rehabilitating existing distribution infrastructure to supply clean, safe and reliable power to 37 federal universities and 7 affiliated university teaching hospitals.

The projects commissioned will see 55,815 students and 3,077 staff have access to electricity supply from the university’s 7.1 Mega Watts solar hybrid power plant. Damilola Ogunbiyi, managing director, Rural Electrification Agency says the Bayero University commissioning would include the launch of 11.41KM of solar powered streetlights as well as a world class renewables training centre.

Commenting on the impact of the BUK solar hybrid installations, Evangelos Kamaris, managing director, METKA West Africa Limited, the EPC contractor mentioned that “the state-of-the-art solar hybrid power plant will result in carbon dioxide savings of 108,875,120Ibs, a feat we as green contractors are proud of.”

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo during the inauguration of the Solar Hybrid power plant said that similar projects are being implemented in 37 Federal Universities and seven University Teaching Hospitals across the country. He said that the project would benefit thousands of students and other members of the university community, as well as enhance teaching, research and learning in these institutions.

Last month, Vice president Yemi Osinbajo, commissioned a 2.8MW solar plant at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi state marking the first solar plant completed under the Energising Education Programme (EEP). This initiative is well-timed considering the global shift towards renewable energy happening now. It is imperative to look beyond fossil fuels as a way of meeting our energy needs in order to create a sustainable environment for the future.

Soure: REA

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