UK-based solar company Solarcentury is to build a 2.35 MWp solar project in Nigeria for Alfen BV for the end client Tulip Cocoa Processing Ltd (TCP) – part of the Ecom/Theobroma Group.
The contract will build on the success of Solarcentury’s operations in East Africa. Part of the installation, within the grounds of one of TCP’s operational factories, will be roof-mounted and part ground-mounted. The facilities currently rely solely on diesel generators, which is costly and highly polluting. Switching to solar energy will reduce TCP’s energy costs, and also allow for more stable and predictable running costs in the future, rather than being subject to market fluctuations.
The solar project makes up part of a complete sustainable energy system developed by Alfen, including an energy storage solution which will allow TCP to store then use excess solar energy that it generates, further increasing the financial benefits for the company.
“This project represents a breakthrough for the continent” said Guillaume Avranche, Solarcentury Business Development Manager for the African region. “Nigeria and many other African countries still rely heavily on fossil fuels to power their industry. This project demonstrates that solar is not only an effective technology in Africa, it can also be an affordable, reliable and responsible source of energy. Solarcentury is proud to be leading this transition and supporting African businesses through clean energy.”
Commissioning of the project is planned for June 2018.