NEBO Commissions West Africa’s 1st Solar-Wind Demonstration Power Plant
The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo has commissioned the 25KW Hybrid Solar PV- Wind demonstration power plant at the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) Regional Training Centre (RTC), Kainji, New Bussa, Niger State.
The demonstration power plant is the outcome of the Nigeria-Germany Energy Partnership under the Nigeria Energy Support Programme (NESP), a developmental initiative signed between President Goodluck Jonathan and his German counterpart, Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In a release signed by the Assistant Director, Press in the Ministry of Power, Mr Haruna, the Minister of Power, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Amb. Godknows Igali, said the project was the first of its kind in the West African sub-region, and that the plant combines more than one source of renewable energy and can operate off-grid as well as on–grid.
Prof. Nebo commended the German government for their role in the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), a programme implemented by the German Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ), together with the Power Ministry and other public institutions, to improve the conditions for policy reforms and investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, rural electrification and capacity building. He also appreciated the cooperation of the host community and described them as worthy partners in progress in the power sector.
Earlier, the Director–General of NAPTIN, Engr. Reuben Okeke, said the project would further strengthen and support the success of the “Operation Light-Up Rural Nigeria” Initiative, by providing adequate and skilled manpower for the installation, operation and maintenance of all the program’s facilities.
Engr. Okeke said the hybrid demonstration plant would increase the teaching potentials in NAPTIN and take it closer to its vision of being a world class training institute. He also commended all NAPTIN’s partners for assisting the institute in its pursuit of becoming a financially independent and professional training centre for the power sector.
Responding, the Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Germany, Mr. Klemens Momkes said the successful delivery of the project was one more proof of the close relationship between Germany and Nigeria on matters related to promoting a sustainable and reliable power sector in Nigeria.
Also speaking, the Country Director, Deutsche Gessells- Chaft for Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Dr. Thomas Kirtsch said the hybrid plant was the result and at the same time the beginning of a successful cooperation between Nigeria and German under the 5-year Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), aimed improving the conditions for investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and rural electrification in Nigeria.