Nigeria: Govt signs pacts for $850m renewable energy projects in 4 states



*Says improved power not caused by rainfall

Oscarline Onwuemenyi

04 September 2015, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Federal Government yesterday signed multiple pacts with private investors who are to build about 850mw of renewable energy projects across Kaduna, Nasarawa, Cross River and Rivers states.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Dr. Godknows Igali, who signed the pacts on behalf of the Federal Government, said President Muhammadu Buhari has charged power sector actors to redouble their efforts in ensuring uninterrupted power supply to Nigerians during his tenure.

Igali noted that the recent increase in power supply is not as a result of rain, as speculated in some quarters, as marginal improvement from our hydro cannot be responsible for this fact, but it is as a result of increase in gas supply to the thermal plants, adding that our Anti-Vandalism Campaign is also yielding positive results.

To sustain this trend, the Permanent Secretary said the present administration is determined to look in the direction of renewables, hence more emphasis will be placed on solar energy source.

Managing Director of Quaint Global Energy Solutions, Seun Solesi said his company is to enjoy a grant of $1.3 million from the Power Africa Initiative of the United States Trade Development Agency to do feasibility studies for its 50mw solar plant in Manchok, Kaduna state where they have gotten 150 hectares of land.

The representative of New Horizons said it will build a 100mw Solar plant in Nasarawa state, about 400mw biomass plant in Cross River and 300mw thermal plant in Rivers state.

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  • Muhammad Naib

    I stand to be corrected but the solution to power hungry country like Nigeria can NEVER be met through solar power.
    Solar electricity through arrays of Solar Panels are pure COSMETICS in addressing Nigeria’s stupendous energy needs. They are just signing contracts for their Ten Percent.
    What stands the test of time for now is Hydro power. Nigeria should build and harness the potential of dams that dotted the it landmass. In the North West, Goronyo Dam has the largest water body of 93 million cubic litres dam water.
    A Hydro Power through harnessing the Dam water, will a dress continuous power generation to Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara state. There are such other dam dotting Nigeria’s landmass.
    The ministry of power and Quaint Global Energy Solutions are simply engaged in another exercises of self benefit ventures in Biomass and Solar Energy.
    If for now we are NOT prepared for the Nuclear power generation, the immediate lasting solutions to Nigeria’s energy needs is harnessing the Hydro Power potential. The Solution is NOT in the COSMETICS of SOLAR POWER PANELS.