A US-based renewable energy firm, Sun Africa LLC has pledged to support President Bola Tinubu’s administration with $2.2 billion to provide vital power infrastructure for Nigeria.
Gatekeepers News reports that this was disclosed in a statement by the special adviser of strategic communication and public relations to the minister of power, Bolaji Tunji.
Tunji said the commitment was formalised during the week, after Adebayo Adelabu, minister of power, met with representatives of Sun Africa led by Goran Rajsic, the firm’s chairman.
Adelabu said as Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria faces significant demands for new power infrastructure to support economic needs and transition to a sustainable power mix.
The minister said the initial phase of the project would focus on delivering 961 megawatts peak (MWp) of solar photovoltaics (PV) infrastructure and 455MWh of battery energy storage, valued at approximately $2.2 billion dollars.
“Sun Africa, with its partners, is set to implement this transformative project in the coming months,” he said.
“The commitment from all parties involved, ensures a close collaboration to execute this vital renewable power infrastructure, addressing the nation’s requirements.”
On his part, Rajsic thanked the partners for their support in designing the cutting-edge project, featuring leading solar PV and battery storage technologies, financed with affordable, long-term debt under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines.
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Rajsic said Sun Africa’s financing partners, ING Bank and Citi, had also emphasised their commitments up to US$10 billion in financing projects in the coming years.
“This support extends to both the initial phase and future developments,” he said.
“Additionally, Sun Africa is collaborating with Sterling & Wilson Renewable Energy Limited, its Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) partner, by playing a pivotal role in providing services for the initial project phase.
“The joint efforts signify a remarkable milestone in advancing sustainable and reliable energy solutions for Nigerians, aligning with the commitment to driving positive change through innovative renewable energy solutions.”