Federal government-owned public liability, the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET), has signed the country’s first ever solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with more than ten project developers, totalling 975MW of utility-scale solar. As of last week, there were 15 projects with generation licences, so it is possible that there could still be more in the pipeline.

As other countries across the continent make solar waves with successful auctions and feed-in tariff programmes, Nigeria had, until now, stayed relatively quiet in its solar energy ventures.

The first official project to be implemented under the 20-year PPA is a 75MW solar plant in Katsina state, to be developed by European/Nigerian utility-scale investor and developer Pan Africa Solar, in collaboration with JCM Capital, an Ontario-based developer.

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