Dangote, Rhino Group to commence $150m Kano solar power project

Acheme Jack, Kano

Kano State Government, Dangote Group of Companies and Black Rhino Group, have signed a $150 million Solar Power project Memorandum of Understanding MoU.

The Independent power project which is expected to be completed within 24 months is targeted to generate 100 Mega Watts of clean electricity for industrial layouts and the people of the State.

The project is a fallout of the recent second Kano state economic summit held at the end of the first quarter of the year under Governor Umar Ganduje’s administration.

The Secretary to the Kano State Government (SSG), Usman Alhaji signed the MOU on behalf of the State Government, while the Executive Director, Dangote Group, Mansur Ahmed, endorsed the multi-million dollar deal for the Dangote Group.

The SSG said that the solar power project is what is in vogue all over the world now as such it is greatly needed for the progress and growth of the economy of the state.

“We need energy to make progress in our development drive; we are keen on the project and will do everything possible to make it a success under the Ganduje lead administration,” the SSG stressed.

Engr. Ahmed of the Dangote group said the project which will be jointly financed by the group and Black Rhino is meant to improve the economy of Kano state as a great Interpol and center of commerce in sub- Saharan Africa.

“The project will provide state of the art renewable energy plant that will convert the abundant energy of the sun in the environment into high quality clean electricity that is expected to meet power challenges in the state and national economy,” explained Ahmed.

It was stated in the deal that Kano state government will provide the expanse of land needed for the solar power project.

Host communities to the project were therefore urged to ensure a harmonious relationship that will warrant the success of the project.

Kano state government is also embarking on hydro power project from the Challawa and Tiga dams in the state to further meet the energy needs of the second biggest commercial city in Nigeria.

Kano is the most populous state in the country, according to  a 2006 census figure.

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