FG plan to power 9 universities using solar energy

Ibrahim Jibril, minister of state for environment, says the federal government was set to power nine Universities in the country with solar energy.

This, he said is part of its efforts to ensure a clean and healthy environment through the issuance of sovereign green bonds.

The Minister gave this hint when he paid a working visit to the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) Solar Energy Ltd (NSEL) Plant located in Karshi, Abuja.

Jibril stated that the decision by the federal government to power the tertiary institutions with solar energy was a very laudable development which is in line with the Nigeria’s nationally intended contributions to the reduction of carbon emissions in line with global best practices.

According to the minister, his visit to the solar energy plant was to identify with as well as offer the ministry’s support to the local manufacturing company in the production of solar panel.

He emphasized that renewable energy is one of the critical focus of the soon to be launched Green Bond project by the ministry of environment.

He further maintained that the issue of solar energy will encourage the use of local content which will in turn help the country to save foreign exchange as well as create employment for our teeming youths.

Conducting the Minister on the facility tour of the plant, Mohammed Haruna, the executive vice chairman of NASENI Solar Energy Ltd, noted that the plant was the first Solar PV Module/ Solar Panel manufacturing company in Nigeria.

He also revealed that the plant has a 7.5MW capacity and it can produce all sizes and capacities of solar PV module.

Haruna explained that NASENI Solar Energy Ltd was established by the Federal Government to primarily reduce cost of quality solar panel by producing solar panels that are 100% made in Nigeria.

He further said company’s products can compete favourably with any imported solar panel in Nigeria.

 

Source: The Cable

Sokoto To Generate 100mw Of Power From Solar

Sokoto state government has said it is determined to multiply its energy sources so as to improve power supply and in turn boost small and medium scale industries in the state.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Professor Bashir Garba, stated this at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese firm, Kunming Engineering Corporation, for the establishment of 100mw solar-powered electricity plant in the state.
“In Sokoto, we have abundant sunlight so it is only logical we tap from the natural resource for the benefit of the populace,” the SSG said.
He added that after exploratory talks held with various companies that showed interest in providing solar power in Sokoto, the government zeroed down on Kunming because of the viability of their proposal and its future impact.
He said the project would be private-sector led, with the state government agreeing to provide a land and other incentives, while the Chinese company regularizes approval permit from the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
“When completed, this project will complement the State Independent Power Project currently in place. We are confident that the two projects will ensure tremendous improvement in power supply in Sokoto. So I urge you to work on the terms of the agreement,” the SSG added.
 In his remarks, the Assistant Managing Director for Overseas Business of the company, Qui Haisheng, said Kunming Corporation has vast experience in electricity generation spanning areas like solar, wind and hydro, adding that they have the requisite capability to deliver quality job on schedule.
Credit: Thisday

Nigeria To Experience Lunar Eclipse On Sept 28

The National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA, says Nigeria will experience a Lunar Eclipse on Sept. 28th. Lunar eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when the earth comes in-between the sun and the moon, and the earth casts its shadow on the moon, so that the moon appears reddish.

A statement by the agency which was signed and released yesterday September 9th by the Deputy Director. Media and Corporate Communications, Felix Ale, says the lunar eclipse would begin on Monday September 28th from 1:11am, and will be at its maximum by 3:47 am, with its final contact at 6:22am.

“The lunar eclipse which is also called the blood moon will be observed in some regions around the world. Some of the regions seeing at least some parts of the eclipse include, Europe, South/East Asia, Africa, much of North America, much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, and Antarctica. Furthermore, the lunar eclipse will be visible in Abuja, and would begin from1:11am, with total eclipse at 3:47am, and end by 6:22am. Nigerians are advised not to panic, and to go about their normal activities as it is just an astronomical event which will last for 5 hours 11 minutes,” the statement stated