Dubai-based Phanes Group acquired and will co-develop three 100 MW grid-connected solar PV plants in Nigeria. The projects span three locations, including the Mando area of Kaduna, Birnin-Kebbi in Kebbi and Sokoto in the northwest of Nigeria.
Sokoto benefits from one of the highest irradiation levels (2210 kWh/m2/year) in the country and is backed by one of the 14 recently signed government Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with utility-scale solar power developers. The PPAs will add around 1,200 MW of solar capacity combined to the grid.
The first 50 MW of Phanes Group's Sokoto project will be grid-connected as early as Q1 2018 and the project is expected to be complete by the end of 2018. The Kebbi and Kaduna projects will be delivered under the Hasken-Rana brand, a JV between Phanes Group and its Nigerian partners, and are due for completion before the end of 2019.
In total the ground-mounted projects will significantly raise Nigeria's current solar capacity and contribute to the Nigerian government's ambitions to generate 2,000 MW of power from renewable sources by 2020.
The projects will be managed and delivered from Phanes Group's new Nigerian office, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2017 and will service the firm's broader West African solar interests.