The technology group Wärtsilä has received a letter of award for a 95,3MWp (75MWac) solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Nigeria. The award was received from Pan Africa Solar Ltd, a developer of solar PV power plants focused on Africa. This will be Wärtsilä’s first utility-scale solar PV project exclusively for on-grid application.
When operational, the plant will be the largest solar PV plant in Nigeria; and one of the largest on the African continent. The 75MWac output to the grid is expected to serve approximately 1.1 million households with electricity. It will be a major contributor of economic benefits to the local communities in Katsina State, in northern Nigeria. The technology includes photovoltaic modules with single axis trackers, optimizing the energy yield produced by the plant. The power plant will also have an important stabilising effect on the national grid.
Marcus Heal, CEO of Pan Africa Solar said: “In Wärtsilä we have chosen an EPC partner with a track record of successfully delivering EPC power projects in Nigeria. Wärtsilä has the technical skills, understanding of the solar PV industry, and local presence that meets our requirements.”
“Our contract bid was successful because we were able to bring added value to the project in various areas, including local support and technical advisory services. Pan Africa Solar and Wärtsilä are currently finalising the EPC contract and in the meantime, this letter of award is a major milestone,” says Javier Cavada, President, Wärtsilä Energy Solutions.
This project is one of 14 solar PV projects by IPPs (Independent Power Producers) signed in July 2016 by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader (NBET), part of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Power. The total power generated by these projects when completed will be 1.2 GW, all of which will be transmitted to the national grid.