Solar energy developer Phanes Group is to develop three solar photovoltaic (PV) microgrids with a combined capacity of 300 MW in Nigeria.

The plants will be built at three different sites in the North-West of Nigeria and are expected to contribute to Nigeria’s aim to generate 2000 MW of power from renewable sources by the end of the decade.
Phanes solar panels
The Phanes’s Sokoto facility will be one of the 14 renewable projects to benefit from the government’s power purchase agreements (PPA) signed recently with utility-scale solar developers.

The first 50 MW of the Sokoto project is planned to be grid-connected in the first quarter of 2018 while the entire project is planned to be commissioned by the end of 2018.

Phanes Group Chief Andrea Haupts said the company is wholly committed to realizing Africa’s solar potential which also means identifying ways of utilizing its off-grid and microgrid expertise to light up remote communities too.

“In parallel with our utility scale grid-connected work we will pursue and deploy solar to Nigeria’s rural communities where citizens are being held back by a lack of electrification – helping to transform the lives of millions of Nigerians.”

Nigeria is also considering the development non-grid solutions from renewable sources such as solar, wind and medium hydro to enable secure power supply.

Only about 55 percent of Nigeria has access to electricity, according to the World Bank. The number of those without electricity is sizable, as the country has a population of about 187 million.