Within the framework of the bilateral energy partnership with Nigeria, the Federal Foreign Office has supported the construction of a solar-wind hybrid facility for training purposes in Kainji. The plant has now been officially opened.
In Kainji, central Nigeria, a reliable electricity supply cannot be taken for granted – a recent power cut, for example, lasted several months. In future, the sun and wind are to help improve the city’s security of supply.
On 27 February, the Permanent Secretary in the Nigerian Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, and the Deputy German Ambassador to Nigeria, Klemens Mömkes, opened a solar-wind hybrid facility with an overall capacity of 25 kilowatts.
Expanding energy production and training
However, the small-scale power plant will not only generate electricity but also serve as a training facility for aspiring technicians attending the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN). The project is part of a programme funded by the Federal Foreign Office, which has bolstered NAPTIN’s training capacities in the sphere of renewable energies and energy efficiency since 2009.
Since 2008, Germany and Nigeria have had a bilateral energy partnership in which renewable energies play a particularly important role.
The power generation capacities in Africa’s most populous country only amount to approximately 4000 to 5000 megawatts. In Germany, by comparison, just under 184,000 megawatts were installed in 2014. Especially in the north of the country, there is practically no access to the fossil energy sources in the south . Given the good solar and wind conditions, the north is therefore ideally suited to the use of renewable energies.
Contribution to energy security and climate protection
By supporting the expansion of renewable energies in Nigeria, Germany is not only helping to enhance energy security and stability in the north but also contributing towards climate change mitigation by assisting the replacement of high-emitting diesel generators.