Nigeria’s National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) recently revealed plans to develop a 7.5MW solar panel manufacturing plant in Karshi, Abuja so that Nigeria can begin to cut its dependency on the importation of solar panels. The project is being developed through a joint venture with an undisclosed foreign partner.
NASENI advised that aside from helping Nigeria become less dependent on imported solar panels, the manufacturing facility would lead to solar street lighting, water pumping for irrigation, powering repeater and telecommuting stations, powering traffic lights and the small scale processing of farm products.
NBF Topics reported that Olusegun Adewoye, general director of NASENI, noted that the plant had been tested and was ready for commissioning. Adewoye stated, “Government has invested in building the solar panel plant, but because it can raise its own money from the market we will like the concession of the supply of raw materials and the evacuation of the finished products to a private sector.”