The Nigerian-German Energy Partnership, NGEP, has installed a 10 megawatt solar plant at the University of Ibadan.
The solar plant, which serves as a pilot project for universities in the country, is to provide electricity for the university and also serve as a training site for engineering students of the institution and technicians.
German Ambassador in Nigeria, Mr. Bernard Schlagheck, who spoke to newsmen on the sideline of the ground-breaking ceremony, said the project was aimed at empowering universities in the country.
He also said: “This is one of the main plans by the energy policy of the Federal Government, and we are trying to respond to the policy priority of the Nigeria government.”
He noted that the next university in line to gain from the solar plant project was Ahmadu Bello University, Zaira, after which they’d move to Modibo Adama University of Technology, Yola; Bayero State University, Kano; University of Maiduguri and others.
In his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Idowu Olayinka, said: “We thank the Federal Government of Nigeria for coming to our aid with this solar plant. “It is our intention to use this facility as a laboratory for our students and staff in order to enhance their capacities.”
On his part, the Coordinator of NGEP, Jeremey Gaines, and the Head of Programme of the Nigeria Energy Support Programme from GIZ (German Development Cooperation Organisation), said the original cost of the project was estimated around $15 million for 10 Megawatts.