Egg Farm Goes Solar in Nigeria

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  • Empower New Energy and Rensource have teamed up to create the largest power purchase agreement for solar energy in the Commercial and Industrial sector in Nigeria.
  • The 700KWp ground-mounted solar photovoltaic plant for Nigeria’s largest egg producer, Premium Poultry Farms, will generate one gigawatt hour of clean energy annually.
  • This will save up to 25,000 tons of CO2 in its lifetime, contributing to Abuja’s fight against local air pollution.

The project marks the Nigerian poultry industry’s largest single clean energy project. The power plant is expected to operate for at least 25 years, according to the power purchase agreement signed between off-taker Premium Poultry and Norwegian impact investment company, Empower New Energy.

Ademole Adesina, founder/CEO of West African renewable energy services provider Rensource: “This solution for Premium Poultry Farms, Nigeria’s largest egg producer, demonstrates our ability to meet the energy needs of a diverse array of industrial customers. We are honoured to supply affordable clean energy to further grow Nigeria’s critically important agricultural sector while cutting emissions

Premium Poultry Farms produces 600,000 eggs daily and has its own feed mill. The solar plant project, which is due to start operations in December 2020. It is estimated the plant will create 40 jobs during its construction and operations phase.

Alhaji Mahey Rasheed, Premium Poultry Farms chairman: “We take immense pride in being good stewards of the environment and are pleased to further enhance our efforts with this solution. Sustainability is at the heart of the farm’s philosophy. This project also allows us to benefit from the substantially lower energy costs offered by the solar PV technology and we are excited to become the largest solar-powered poultry farm in the country.”

Author: Theresa Smith 

Theresa Smith is a conference producer for Clarion Events Africa.

This article was originally published on ESI Africa and is republished with permission with minor editorial changes.


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