Nigeria Commissions 7.1MW Off-Grid Solar Hybrid Plant at Bayero University

  • The Federal Government of Nigeria has inaugurated a 7.1MW solar hybrid power plant in Africa at Bayero University (BUK).
  • The system consists of 3.5MWp  solar PV, 8.1MWh of battery energy storage and 2.4MW of backup generators. 
  • The project was initiated by the Energising Education Programme of the Federal Government and is expected to provide constant electricity supply for about 55,815 students and 3,077 staff.
  • EPC contractor METKA West Africa Ltd did the installation

The 7.1MW-capacity solar hybrid power plant is the second project to be commissioned under Phase 1 of the Energising Education Programme 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.

The Energising Education Programme (EEP) is a federal government intervention focused on developing off-grid dedicated independent power plants, and rehabilitating existing distribution infrastructure to supply clean, safe and reliable power to 37 federal universities and seven affiliated university teaching hospitals. It is being implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA).

One of the major highlights of the events will be the graduation of 20 female students who participated in the Female STEM Students Internship Programme.The female students, who received practical training during the course of the project construction would be awarded certificates of completion.

The inauguration also included the launch of 11.41 km of solar powered street lights as well as a world-class renewable training centre. Managing director of Nigeria’s Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Mrs. Damilola Ogunbiyi, described the project as mission accomplished in the commitment of the Federal Government towards sustainable energy and education.

“Students and staff of Bayero University, Kano, can now experience learning and teaching in a safer, cleaner and more conducive academic environment,” said Mrs. Damilola.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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