The Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, has entered into partnership with United Kingdom based firm, African Growth and Energy Solutions Company to generate 100 megawatts of electricity through solar energy.
The partnership which is expected to cost a sum of $150 million would be implemented under the Independent Power Project (IPP) scheme.
Speaking while signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between KWASU and African Growth and Energy Solutions Company, the company’s Project Director, Rolston Dawkins, counseled the Federal Government to create mini grids for Nigeria to overcome its electricity supply crisis.
Dawkins said that the partnership has many hurdles to cross, adding that “we will not see them as challenges but opportunities.”
He noted that his company would train and upscale those that would “maintain what we have put on ground.”
Earlier, KWASU Vice Chancellor, Prof Abdulrasheed Na’Allah, said that alternative energy was the way out of the current epileptic electricity supply in the country.
He said: “We know quite well that if Nigeria can resolve its energy crisis the country will hit the ground running. Nigeria is the only country that has underutilized its energy potential, yet it has the highest concentration of sun energy power.
“The university that is worth its salt must regularly address the problems its country. We have signed a partnership agreement to explore a relationship. We have also started consultation and everybody we consulted gave us his support. We are also aiming at establishing a research partnership.
“Research will be geared towards storage and we will lay emphasis on local resources in place of imported technology. The joint partnership will embark aggressively in sourcing for grants. We are looking to occupy 500 hectares of land both in Malete here and Ilorin, the state capital.
“We are fully aware of the challenges out there, but we don’t want to be held back by those challenges.”
Source: The Nation