The Pan Africa Solar Ltd, an Abuja and London based  solar  developing company, says its 75 Mega Watts (MW) solar power  project in Katsina, when completed, will provide power for 1.1 million Nigerians in the state.

The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr Marcus Heal, disclosed this to newsmen on the sideline of the Annual Powering Africa Nigeria Summit in Abuja on Friday.

He said the project,  conceived in 2012, was part of   its 5,000MW utility scale solar projects  in Nigeria.

Heal said  the company  was  the first  among other solar developers  in the  country to sign a Power Project Agreement (PPA)  with the government.

“We are the first to obtain a licence in this country and we are very proud to hopefully be the first to commission a large scale utility solar project in Kastina State.“

He said the  construction of the project, which would  begin in January 2018,  would provide employment for nearly 1,000 people.

“This projects, because they are solar,  they are quite fast to built, so the building programme is about eight or nine months  and we will have to deliver the programme  within the term of this presidency.“

He said that the company was also developing another solar power project, tagged pay-as-you-go project.

He said that the project was  designed  to  provide electricity  for  93 million Nigerians that were not connected  to the national grid.

“ We also have a second business, which is the home scale pay as you go project.

“We now have a few 100 units; this project started six months ago, we got a few 100 units that have been deplored in  Kano; we have finished our pilot, we are very proud to receive a cheque from Energy net which is going to transform our business .

“These projects can be expanded across northern Nigeria and  into  neighboring  states  like Niger; we believe that there is a crucial business for the 93 million people in Nigeria that don’t have access to the grid.

“We are  developing  utility scale projects which help people to have access to the grid  for the 93 million that don’t have access; we have a home scale  business called pay as you go; this will transform the  lives of people in the very rural communities where  their income is   one dollar  or two a day.“

He said access to the solar power, when completed, would attract  7 dollars per month from would-be users of the electricity.

“With about 7 dollars per a month, they can have power, they can power lights in the house four to six electric bulbs, they can power  radio, USB charger; they can  power  their television set, and they can have internet.“

He said the company was currently receiving grants to execute  its projects  from  the Solar Nigeria programme,  a DFID funded organisation, and other international  organisations .

He said that the funding from the international agencies was a source of  foreign direct investment into  Nigeria.



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