The Federal Government is to power nine universities with solar energy, the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, has said.
He said this was in line with government’s efforts to ensure a clean and healthy environment through the issuance of sovereign green bonds. He made the submission last week when he paid a working visit to the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) Solar Energy Limited (NSEL) Plant, located in Karshi, Abuja.
Jibril described the decision to power the tertiary institutions with solar energy as a laudable development, which according to him, is in line with the nation’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) that aims at reducing carbon emissions in line with global best practices.
The Minister said 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 ýstressed that renewable energy is a critical focus of the soon-to-be-launched green bond project.
He further maintained that solar energy would encourage the use of local content which will in turn help the country to save foreign exchange as well as create employment for the teeming youths.
The Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI Solar Energy Limited, Prof. Mohammed Haruna, noted that the plant was the first Solar PV Module/Solar Panel manufacturing company in Nigeria. He also disclosed that the plant has a 7.5 megawatts (MW) capacity and can produce all sizes and capacities of Solar PV module.
Culled from The Nation Newspapers