Nigeria has largest solar poultry plant, to supply 1 GW power annually
Nigeria’s 700 KWp solar PV plant owned by Premium Poultry Farms will be developing and supplying one gigawatt of clean energy per annum.
This project will minimize the generation of 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, supporting the country’s efforts to minimize local emissions to the environment, a report in Miner News has stated.
This project has put Nigeria’s poultry on the international market scene for developing clean energy.
The power plant will be running for the next two-and-a-half decades courtesy of the power purchase contract agreed upon by Premium Poultry and Norway’s Empower New Energy company.
Ademole Adesina, the chief executive of Rensource, a West African renewable energy service utility, stated that Premium Poultry Farms of Nigeria has displayed the potential to achieve the demands of the industrial consumers.
Adesina stated that it is advantageous for the utility to offer cheap, clean energy to support Nigeria’s agricultural industry while minimizing emissions from the industry.
Premium Poultry Farms generates over 600,000 eggs every day. The solar plant programme began operations this month, and they project to generate 40 employment opportunities in the construction and the initiation of activities.
The chairperson of Premium Poultry Farms, Mahey Rasheed, explained that they are excited over the implications of their operations on the environment and hope that they can advance their efforts in finding a working solution.
The executive added that they are focusing on sustainability to minimize the energy costs emerging from the solar PV panels technology as they prepare to become the mega solar energy poultry farm in Nigeria.
Last year’s Bloomberg NEF report concerning the inception of solar power into the Sub-Saharan Africa C&I market indicated that high electricity prices, dropping prices of solar panels, and grid problems were forcing the utilities to sell the solar resources to business-oriented customers.
Solar for Business in sub-Saharan Africa discovered that the C&I market was expanding proportionally because of economics and not due to regulatory help, which happens in developed countries.
Bloomberg NEF’s study demonstrated that solar power provided on-site was more affordable than that which is provided by commercial or industrial utilities.
Nevertheless, the pandemic interrupted most of the renewable energy projects, with the International Energy Agency stating that the crises interfered with the smooth transition to clean energy.
The IEA articulated that solar power will drive the economy through the coming decade. The agency noted that solar projects would be meeting the electricity needs of the world in the future. The Premium Poultry Farms project demonstrates that the globe is yearning for affordable energy.