Solar energy developer Phanes Group has acquired and will co-develop three 100 MW grid-connected solar PV plants in Nigeria.

The ground-mounted projects will significantly increase Nigeria’s current solar capacity and are intended to help the Nigerian government meet its target of generating 2000 MW of power from renewables by 2020.

The projects are in three different locations – Kaduna, Kebbi and Sokoto. The first 50 MW of the Sokoto project is intended to be grid-connected as early as the first quarter of 2018, with the project due for completion by the end of that year. 

The Kebbi and Kaduna projects are due for completion before the end of 2019.

Martin Haupts, chief executive of Dubai-headquartered Phanes Group, said: “Nigeria’s policymakers have worked proactively to address the nation’s immediate and long term electrification challenges through the introduction of attractive clean energy policies, and we are beginning to see the fruits of those policies.”

He added that “despite its challenges, Nigeria’s potential for solar development is unquestionable and from a standing start it may soon emerge as solar leader among its sub-Saharan African peers”.