Katsina — Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema of Katsina State yesterday flagged off a N13.7 billion 30 megawatts solar energy plant located in Kankia, in the state.
The project will make the total megawatts to be generated through renewable energy sources in the state to 60mw, Daily Trust learnt. Katsina State is one of the northern states that are not close to the future gas pipelines.
The balance of 30mw is to be generated from the Rimi-Lamba 10mw wind-mill energy funded by the Federal Government and the 20mw solar energy plant owned by the Katsina State government.
The 30mw solar project which is being executed by the Nigeria Germany Energy Partnership (NGEP) for renewable energy is expected to be completed in one year, said chairman of the Nigeria/German Energy partnership, Mr. Richard Sellers.
The German developers would run the facility for 20 to 25 years.
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Shema said many countries are now utilizing alternative and renewable sources of energy to generate electricity and Nigeria should not be left behind.
The governor said when completed, the Kankia solar energy plant will improve the economy of the state and the nation at large; as it would improve electricity supply, revive industries and the technological sector in addition to provision of jobs.
The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dorothee Jenetzkewenzel, said Germany was committed to conducting further researches on nuclear, solar and hydro power sources with a view to assisting other countries in power generation.
Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi, represented by commissioner Abba Ibrahim said the commission has developed a framework for regulating electricity in the country that is second to that of Germany.
In a telephone chat, Dr Abba who is in charge of Government and Consumer Affairs, said the event marked a start of series of events that would lead to completion of the project.
He said, "the NERC would do an evaluation of the project before giving a license. They are yet to do the environmental impact assessment among other conditions which would form part of the criteria for the granting of license."