Firm To Develop 300mw Solar Microgrid Projects In Nigeria


Phanes Group, Solar energy developer is to develop three solar photovoltaic (PV) microgrids with a combined capacity of 300 MW in Nigeria.

The plants will be built at three different locations in the North-West of Nigeria and are expected to contribute to the country’s aim to generate 2000 MW of electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

The Phanes’s Sokoto facility will be one of the 14 renewable projects to benefit from the government’s power purchase agreements (PPA) signed recently with utility-scale solar developers.

The first 50 MW of the Sokoto project is planned to be grid-connected in the first quarter of 2018 while the entire project is planned to be commissioned by the end of 2018.

Andrea Haupts, Phanes Group Chief said the company is solely committed to realising Africa’s solar potential which also means identifying ways of utilising its off-grid and micro grid expertise to light up rural communities.

He said, “In parallel with our utility scale grid-connected work we will pursue and deploy solar to Nigeria’s rural communities where citizens are being held back by a lack of electrification – helping to transform the lives of millions of Nigerians.”

Nigeria is also considering the development of non-grid solutions from renewable sources such as solar, wind and medium hydro to enable it to improve power supply.

According to World Bank, only about 55 percent of Nigerians has access to electricity. The number of those without electricity is sizable, as the country has a population of about 187 million.

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