July 21, 2024

Kebbi allocates 200 hectares of land for construction of 5,600MW solar plant

Solomon Ezeme

In a bid to improve rural electrification in Nigeria and complement on-grid supply, the Kebbi State Government has allocated about 200 hectares of land for the construction of the 5,600MW solar power plant at Fakon Sarki in Argungu, Kebbi State.

This was revealed by Alhaji Suleiman Argungu, former Chief of Staff to the State Government, while addressing the press during the weekend.

EnergyDay recalls that the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA), in conjunction with the Africa Clean Energy- Technical Assistance Facility (ACE-TAF), recently met with various state governments (the Nigeria Governors’ Forum), to strengthen collaboration for sustainable acceleration of rural electrification in the country.

Argungu said that the project, which will be handled by Equity Electricity Company, a South Africa-based private firm, is expected to improve and stabilise electricity supply to all communities in the state, as well as, to create jobs for the people.

He said that the company will soon kick start work at the site as a team of 30 Canadian technicians are on ground to finish the installation of solar panels.  The Kebbi state government further stated that the execution of the project, which is expected to last for eight months, will not stop until it is completed and ready for commissioning.

According to Argungu, the Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu, has gotten the approval of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), to set up another transmission substation around Argungu and Fakon-Sarki.