Nigerian Breweries sets pace on solar power

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THE Nigerian Breweries (NB) and CrossBoundary Energy have moved to embrace solar energy in its operations on one of its plants.

The move, which is Heineken’s first solar project in Africa, and the first of its kind for Nigeria, will be installed in the Ibadan plant of the brewery.

The Managing Director (MD) of NB, Mr. Jordi Borrut Bel, 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.

“It is a fully-financed solar Power Purchase Agreement for a major Nigerian business customer.”

The solar energy plant, billed to become fully functional later in the year, will supply 1GWh annually to the Ibadan brewery at a significant discount to their current cost of power. It will also while reducing the site’s carbon dioxide (Co2) emissions by over 10,000 tonnes over the lifespan of the plant.

CrossBoundary Energy will install and operate a 650 kw solar plant located at Ibadan Brewery. It will operate the rooftop facility on behalf of NB as part of a 15-year solar services agreement.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), 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.

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