Nigeria Launches Solar Plant To Boost Energy Supply

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The project will be built in Shiroro, Niger State

Mediaage NG News – ABUJA, Nigeria

As part of plans to transition to clean and renewable energy solutions, the Nigerian government has signed a deal to build a 20MW hybrid hydro-solar power generating plant, the first instalment in a 300MW project.

The project which will be built in Shiroro, in central Niger state, will be a collaboration between the privately owned North South Power (NSP) Company and the state-run Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

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“This is a pioneering project in terms of hybridising power in solar and hydro”, Nigeria’s Vice-President Kashim Shettima said during the signing of the agreement on Tuesday.

He added that it will help the country diversify its energy sources.

Nigeria has faced power problems for years, despite being a major gas and oil producer.

The country’s inadequate and inconsistent electricity supply often causes widespread blackouts and power cuts and occasionally leads to total failure of the national power grid.

Most homes and businesses usually resort to generators, inverters and other sources of electricity to avoid dependence on the unreliable national grid.

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