By Fasilat Oluwuyi
Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, has announced a collaborative deal with Sun Africa LLC, a l US-based renewable energy solutions provider.
Adelabu made the announcement via his X handle (formerly twitter) on November 19, 2023.
He said Sun Africa has committed to delivering 961 MWp of solar PV generation infrastructure and 455 MWh of battery energy storage systems, totalling $2.2Billion.
The Minister said the collaborative effort will advance sustainable and reliable energy solutions for the nation adding that it will also address Nigeria’s increasing power demand.
There were no details of execution of the deal; where the projects will be sited, whether it will be in form of min-grids in rural areas of scaled-up projects connected urban infrastructure, and whether it will involve subnational governments.
Nigeria has one of the lowest renewable energy deployments on the planet. There is no single functioning solar or wind power generating project with capacity higher than 10MW.
Adelabu wrote: ‘‘I met with representatives from Sun Africa LLC, a leading US-based renewable energy solutions provider. Together, we solidified a collaboration to enhance Nigeria’s power landscape. As the Honorable Minister of Power, I am excited about the positive impact our nation, aligning with my power sector transformation roadmap of Distributed Power leveraging on Renewable Energy. Sun Africa has committed to delivering 961 MWp of solar PV generation infrastructure and 455 MWh of battery energy storage systems, totaling $2.2Billion.
“This addresses Nigeria’s increasing power demand, supporting economic and energy sustainability objectives. This collaboration is a crucial step in transitioning to a more sustainable power mix, vital for economic growth and environmental responsibility.
“Grateful for Sun Africa’s partnership, I anticipate embarking on a journey to provide cutting-edge renewable power infrastructure to our citizens. Their dedication mirrors our vision for a resilient and energy-abundant Nigeria.”