Another independent power project that will give a university 24-hour electricity has been commissioned. On Tuesday the Federal Government inaugurated through Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the largest off-grid solar hybrid power plant in Africa at the Bayero University, Kano (BUK), under the Energising Education Programme (EEP). The project will enable 55,815 students and 3,077 workers to have access to electricity supply from the university’s 7.1MW solar hybrid power plant.
It is being implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA).
The EEP is a Federal Government intervention focused on developing off-grid dedicated independent power plants, rehabilitating existing distribution infrastructure to supply regular, safe and reliable power to 37 federal universities and seven affiliated university teaching hospitals.
Tuesday’s inauguration included the launch of 11.41KM of solar powered street lights, as well as a “world-class renewable training centre.”
REA Managing Director Mrs. Damilola Ogunbiyi said: “This is the largest off-grid solar hybrid power plant in Africa we Nigerians should be very proud of. Thanks to the commitment of the Federal Government towards sustainable energy and education. Students and workers of the university can now experience learning and teaching in a safer, cleaner and more conducive academic environment.”
In July Vice President Yemi Osinbajo commissioned the same kind of project in the Alex Ekwueme Federal University in Ebonyi State.
One of the major highlights of the event was the graduation of 20 female students, who participated in the female students internship programme. The students, who received practical training during the course, were awarded certificates of completion.
Commenting on the impact of the BUK solar hybrid installations, the Managing Director of METKA West Africa Ltd, Mr. Evangelos Kamaris, said the state-of-the-art solar hybrid power plant would help to save 108,875,120Ibs of carbon dioxide, “a feat we as green contractors are proud of.”
The solar hybrid power plant at the university is the second project to be inaugurated under Phase 1 of the EEP that will deliver clean and sustainable energy to nine federal universities and one university teaching hospital in the next four years, using solar hybrid and/or gas-fired captive power plants.
REA is the implementing agency of the Federal Government tasked with electrification of unserved and underserved communities. EEP is an initiative of the Federal Government to provide sustainable and regular power supply to 37 federal universities and seven university teaching hospitals across the country.