Nigerian Breweries introduces first solar powered brewery in Africa

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Nigerian Breweries (NB), the largest brewing company in Nigeria and CrossBoundary Energy are partnering to produce Heineken’s first solar project in Africa.

CrossBoundary Energy will be installing and operating a 650 kW solar plant located at NB’s Ibadan Brewery. The solar plant will become operational this year.

The project, which is a fully-financed solar power purchase agreement for a major Nigerian business customer, is the first of its kind in the country.

In a statement sent to THISDAY by the company, Sade Morgan, the Director of Corporate Affairs at NB said that CrossBoundary Energy will operate the rooftop facility on behalf of Nigerian Breweries as part of a 15-year solar services agreement. Under the agreement, NB will only pay for solar power produced, receiving a single monthly bill that incorporates all maintenance, monitoring, insurance and financing costs.

According to the statement, “the solar plant will supply 1GWh annually to the Ibadan brewery at a significant discount to their current cost of power, while reducing the site’s CO2 emissions by over 10,000 tonnes over the lifespan of the plant”.

The Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries, Jordi Borrut Bel, who spoke on the project, said “we are delighted to be a pioneer in the adoption of solar energy in Nigeria. The solar plant will help power our world-class brewery in Ibadan, enabling us to deliver on commitments under our ‘Brewing a Better World’ initiatives and supporting Heineken’s global ‘Drop the C’ programme for renewable energy”.

Heineken’s Drop the C programme for renewable energy aims to grow its share of production related energy sourced from renewables from the current level of 14 percent to 70 percent by 2030.

Supply Chain Director of Nigerian Breweries, Martin Kochl said “NB’s Brewing a Better World initiative has further targeted a 40 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030”.

The Head of Business Development for CrossBoundary Energy, Femi Fadugba said “we’re excited to be helping Nigerian Breweries go solar and to be providing the site with cleaner, cheaper power with no upfront investment or technical risk. I’m also proud that this flagship project, the first of its kind in Nigeria, will be launched in my family’s hometown of Ibadan”.

CrossBoundary Energy has commissioned TPN to design and build the plant, as well as performing operations and maintenance immediately after commissioning.

The plant will support the local employment of at least a dozen engineering, construction and maintenance professionals during installation and the 25+ year lifetime of the system, while supporting the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (NERC) target of having 2,000MW of power capacity from renewables by 2020.

 

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