One of Nigeria’s foremost institutions of higher learning, the University of Ibadan (UI) will soon be running on solar power.
Making the revelation to newsmen in Abuja, German Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Michael Zenner, has said a Germany-Nigeria Solar Power project at the University of Ibadan will commence this year.
Mr Zenner said the project, which cost $17,670 (about N3.5million), is expected to provide 10 megawatts of power supply to the university.
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The German Ambassador said that the ground breaking ceremony would hold between June and July this year.
Mr Zenner disclosed that
“The solar project for the University of Ibadan is a solar project we have been planning together with Nigeria partners for some time.
“It is part of the Nigeria-Germany energy partnership which has existed since 2008. “Within this whole field of energy partnership, and the German-Nigeria Binational Commission, the project of the University of Ibadan is a project which is very promising and I hope it will start this year.
“We plan, after all the conditions are fulfilled, the ground breaking ceremony next month or hopefully in July.
“The idea is that the University of Ibadan will, by the end of the day, use only energy produced by solar power.
“…it helps the University of Ibadan save a lot of diesel; …it is a training tool for students who study engineering.”
Zenner also explained that the university would gain several advantages from the solar project, adding that the project would be replicated in the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.
He also said that several other energy projects between Germany and Nigeria were ongoing, adding that field studies were being conducted in some states to provide alternative sources of power.