Largest solar plant in Nigeria underway

Materials World magazine
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14 Dec 2017

The Wärtsilä-built plant is expected to provide electricity to 1.1 million homes. 

Construction for what will be Nigeria’s largest solar power plant will begin, following technology group Wärtsilä receiving a letter of award from Pan Africa Solar. The plant will output 75MW to the grid, providing electricity to around 1.1 million homes. The plant will include PV modules with single axis trackers, said to optimise the energy yield.

Although the plant will be Wärtsilä’s first full-scale solar project exclusively for on-grid application, Pan Africa Solar CEO Marcus Heal said, ‘In Wärtsilä, we have chosen an EPC partner with a track record of successfully delivering EPC power projects in Nigeria. Wärtsilä has the technical skills, understanding of the PV industry and local presence that meets our requirements.’

The Wärtsilä plant is one of 14 solar projects by independent power producers signed by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader, part of the Nigerian Federal Minister of Power. The combined power generated by the 14 projects will be 1.2GW.