Sokoto state, with its abundant solar density could become Nigeria’s solar power hub, its governor, Aminu Tambuwal has said.
Tambuwal, a former speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, won election as the governor of the north-western state in 2015. He said when operators in Nigeria’s power sector held their monthly meeting there, that the state has an abundance of solar radiation and was open for investment in solar power.
With an annual average temperature of 28.3 °C (82.9 °F), Sokoto is said to be on the whole, a very hot area. Also, its maximum daytime temperatures are for most of the year generally under 40 °C.
Tambuwal said the state has started a partnership to harness its solar potentials with the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), which is a collaborative partnership between Nigeria and Germany on renewable energy and clean energy deployment.
“Sokoto is endowed with power generation sources from solar power and wind and even hydro, we are three in one.
We are partnering with the Nigerian Energy Support Programme to develop our solar power potentials,” said Tambuwal.
Already, a private developer – KVK Power Nigeria PVT Limited has secured a power purchase agreement with the federal government to build a 100MW solar power frm in Yabo-Sokoto.