The UK branch of Swiss PV manufacturer Luxra claims to have lined up a 300MW PV pipeline in Nigeria.
The company has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Delta State Government to develop 300MW of PV. Luxra is also looking at sites in the northern and central parts of the country that it estimates could open the door to a further 700MW.
“After months of rigorous due-diligence and pre-development exercises, we are now confident that Nigeria, which is strategically positioned in the sub-Saharan region of Africa with abundant solar resources, now has a robust regulatory framework and enormous electricity demand both of which are key components for the successful establishment and operation of solar PV plants with excellent return on investment,” the company said in a statement.
Mike Judge, CEO of Luxra UK, told PV Tech that the national and state governments have indicated a commitment to solar. According to Judge, solar is viewed by Delta state officials as a means to tackling persistent power cuts.
The company is now looking for financial partners to work with it in Nigeria, as well as securing the necessary land rights, permits and PPA for the projects.
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