The African solar park will grow considerably thanks to the future Ashama solar farm which should develop 200 MW of power. This farm, which is expected to take place in Nigeria, will be the largest solar photovoltaic farm in West Africa. This project is the result of collaboration between the Singaporean renewable energy company B&S Power Holding and Nigerian investment entity Sunnyfred Global.
It would then meet the energy needs of Nigeria, a country in which 80 million people have no access to electricity.
The largest solar park in West Africa
A 200MW power plant in Nigeria
The solar park is expected to be located in the village of Ashama in the Aniocha area of southern Delta State, Nigeria. It should occupy a space of approximately 304 hectares. The photovoltaic plant is expected to develop a power of 200 MW. As such, it will be the largest photovoltaic power plant in West Africa.
This new power plant will thus be added to the existing or under construction park in Africa’s most populous country. Already in December 2020, the Nigerian government signed a memorandum of understanding to deploy several solar systems in the country.
Presentation of the roadmap on February 25, 2021
More information about the project will be revealed at a press conference scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2021. The project roadmap will then be presented. The event, which will be held under the theme of “Sustainable and Affordable Energy Access for Nigeria’s Communities,” will highlight the importance of the project to the country.
The presentation of the project will be chaired by the eminent Aboubakar Sani Sambo, Vice-Chancellor of Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto. Also Chairman of the Ministerial Technical and Policy Advisory Committee on the Environment in Nigeria. But also former Director General of the Nigerian Energy Commission.
Other players will take part in the presentation, including professionals from B&S Power Holding and Sunnyfred Global.
Meeting Nigeria’s exponential needs
The Ashama project is a real necessity for Nigeria. According to the World Bank, despite the efforts of the Nigerian government, millions of people still only have access to poor quality, fragmented and intermittent service. Worse still, over 80 million Nigerians have no access to electricity at all.
In addition, 60 million Nigerians spend more than N1.6 trillion on fossil fuel generators each year. The government therefore aims to develop the country’s solar park to overcome the difficulties caused by the use of these fossil fuels.
This makes electricity inaccessible, unaffordable and unreliable for most people. This has consequences on all social strata. Thus, clinics cannot refrigerate vaccines and companies have shorter opening hours.
Today, more than 25 African countries are facing an energy crisis. Most have already started electrification programs. For example, Côte d’Ivoire has decided to electrify all its rural areas by 2025. But also Mali which inaugurated in August 2020 the largest solar power plant in the country.
In fact, the different countries propose, on the whole, ambitious medium and short term projects. Objective: to meet the challenge of electricity in Africa while not falling behind the global energy transition.