Kumbotso Solar PV Park is a 10MW solar plant in Nigeria, Kano state. It cost $15 million to build and is Nigeria’s first solar power plant that is connected to the grid.
The Kumbotso Local Government Area’s 24-hectare site is where the renewable energy power plant is located. The project will spur the development of Nigeria’s power sector and provides evidence of a successful medium-sized solar energy deployment.
The project for Kumbotso Solar Park was awarded in 2020. It is being implemented by Haske Solar Company, a special-purpose vehicle established by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). The Federal Government of Nigeria owns 80% of Haske Solar, Kano State owns 15%, and the Kumbotso LGA owns the remaining 5%.
Reported on 26th September 2014
Two solar power plants to be constructed in Nigeria at US$106m
Two solar-powered plants are set to be constructed in Kumbotso, Kano state, and Karu, Abuja state of Nigeria. The project will require US$106m to fund the construction, and each solar power plant will give off 50MW.
A consortium of international investors, Global Business Resource of USA this week submitted a proposal to the relevant Nigerian ministry, in which they also propose to carry out Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping for renewables in Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya; in addition to putting a place the framework to construct the two new solar power plants in Nigeria.
The consortium of international investors is currently in Nigeria for a chat with government officials on proceeding with the solar power plants deal. The new solar power project will draw resources from Obama’s Power Africa Initiative and will help Nigeria realize a goal it has set to have 100% rural electrification in the next five years.
Global Business Resource has pledged to work with the ministry and other government agencies to help the country have an adequate power supply. Discussions about this project to be undertaken in Nigeria came up during a meeting between Minister of Power, Mohammed Wakil, and the consortium in Bridgeport, Miami, USA. The group is set to exploit solar resources in Nigeria to build these power plants.
The minister has also called for the need to exploit oil, wind, biomass, gas, and solar resources for power generation, especially since Nigeria is propagating private control as opposed to public control. Nigeria has been struggling to have enough electricity to support its economy and is targeting to have 40, 000 MW of power by 2020 and requires the necessary infrastructure for this to happen.