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FG Commissions Solar Power Plant in Abuja2The Federal Government says it has increased power generation with the addition of 1.2 Megawatts (MW) of solar energy to the national grid.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this while inaugurating a solar plant at Lower Usman Dam on Tuesday in Abuja.

The solar plant, built in partnership with the Japanese Government, is the first solar plant tied to the national electricity grid.

It has the potential to carry the load of the water works at Usman Dam and capable of producing electricity of about 400 Kilo Watts when the sun is high.

It also has the potential to provide excess power to the surrounding communities when the sun is high.

Fashola said that the power plant was in fulfilment of government’s plan to increase electricity through incremental power supply to steady and uninterrupted electricity in the county.

“As we said in our power sector road map for electricity development that we are going to start from incremental power because there is not enough power.

We will go from incremental power to steady power and we will go from steady power to uninterrupted power.

This is the first step to incremental power, again we have kept our words, we have added more power here,” he said.

He said that by completing the solar project in partnership with the Japanese government, the Federal Government had fulfilled its earlier promise that it was going to complete any feasible and viable project.

Fashola also said that the completion of the project was a testimonial of government’s commitment to expand the energy mix by ensuring less dependence on gas for electricity generation.

“We have kept our words today, we are expanding that energy mix with this solar plant. So this solar plant fulfils that commitment that we will do what we say”.

Fashola said that the plant would assist Nigeria to reduce the treatment of water electricity bills to the tune of N31 million per annum and help reduce carbon emission.

“What we have done here is to do our part through this project, water treatment electricity bills will reduce by N31 million per annum, that is the kind of saving that you get here.

Carbon emission will reduce by 741 tons per annum and that means you will have cleaner air, so it is not just power for its purpose alone.

It is power that brings water and power that brings cleaner air and power that brings jobs,” he said.

He said that the power plant was the beginning of many more initiatives and partnerships for the development of the electricity sector, while also calling on Nigerians to cultivate the attitude of conserving energy.

“So, we have seen one solar power plant dedicated to producing power, we will see many more solar plant, powering universities, power all source of facilities as we go on, this is our word and we will keep it”.
FG Commissions Solar Power Plant in Abuja3

FG Commissions Solar Power Plant in Abuja

Photo Credit: Instagram/@LUKESHPHOTO

 

12 Comments

  1. Olivia

    August 23, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    BN please re-read the headline. No need to post this. Just thought I’d point it out.

    Thanks. 🙂

    • o

      August 23, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      That headline na die…

  2. o

    August 23, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Power has really improved in my area in the last 2wks. Some ppl are saying it’s because of the rains and increased water levels. But whatever the case, I’m happy

  3. Engoz

    August 23, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    If Fashola can get this electricity problem sorted out, he has my vote for President! No need for campaign!

  4. Darius

    August 23, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Just the other day, a Japanese philanthropist gave the Super Eagles some money for winning bronze in Rio. Today, the FG commissioned a solar power plant donated by the Japanese government. Hmmmmm… And to think that Nigeria has a 100 times more natural resources than Japan and more arable land as well. We want a permanent seat in the UN. We want to be known and addressed as the giant of Africa, but we can’t provide the basic things we need despite the staggering wealth we have. What a shame!

    • Seriously

      August 23, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      What’s the deal with Japan and Nigeria? All these offers are good but I know for sure it can’t just be that. What interest does Japan have in Nigeria?

    • Iris

      August 23, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      We will soon find out. Nothing is free. I won’t be surprised if once again our short sighted leaders got us the short end of the stick.

    • Darius

      August 23, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      Trust me when I say this, Japan does not have any ulterior motive in wanting to help us. They are doing it for charity. Japan is not among our major trading partners. They are not even among the top buyers of our crude oil. The truth is that, Nigeria has absolutely nothing to offer an advanced country like Japan. They are just helping us because they realise that our leaders are cluelss.

    • Mama

      August 24, 2016 at 1:54 am

      They do a lot more for other African countries such as Kenya, I’m actually surprised that we are now benefiting. Probably integrity and trust issues.

  5. mylady

    August 24, 2016 at 8:47 am

    this is not good o. Japan stop donating oh Nigerians dont want improvement they want to stay that way lol they want to continue to have gen so they question any improvement smh #sarcasm

  6. nnenne

    August 24, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Begger, Begger Nigeria!
    Keep begging, and receiving .
    You cares if you didn’t ask for this ?
    Question is, when will Nigeria start utilizing its full potentials?

    People who have the mind set of always receiving, never work hard.

    With the sun in Nigeria all the year round, wouldn’t you think they will own solar plants?

    Let’s not forget Nigeria has more natural resources than Japan.

    All we do is Marry more wives, keep more girl friends, have tons of children and then stretch out our arms to the world for freebies.
    Shameful!

  7. molarah

    August 24, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    nnenne and mylady, and other PDP goons to come, don’t let bitterness eat you up alive. This is a good initiative that should be lauded, but no, hatred of the APC government has blinded you. Better remember that all these politicians are brothers, don’t go and die ontop another person’s family matter.

    Back to the matter. Good move on the part of FG, we are expecting many more to come. More (solar) power to your elbows!

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