The Federal government has commissioned a N200 million 25kilowatts (kw) hybrid solar and wind demonstration plant built by the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN).
Located in Kainji, Niger‎ State, the facility, awarded to Messrs O.T. Otis in 2013, will not only generate electricity, but also be the main training centre for solar and wind technology in Nigeria.
Chinedu Nebo, minister of power, who was represented at the commissioning by Godknows Igali, permanent secretary in the ministry of power, maintained that ‎there are efforts to expand the energy mix due to gas pipeline vandalism that is affecting the capacity of thermal power plants.
“This project is to demonstrate that wind energy is possible and that combining wind and solar technology to generate energy is possible. Projects like this will give the vandals no opportunity because it is at the site and the energy is fed into the grid for consumption directly, so vandals cannot touch it,” the Minister said.
Reuben Okeke, director-general, NAPTIN, in his address, explained that the training plant was funded by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) shortly after the institute commissioned its electrical engineering laboratory at Kainji Regional Training Centre (RTC) three years ago.
He said some NAPTIN engineers/instructors have been successfully trained under the train-the-trainer component by the contractor on the use and operation of the plant.
“To date, NAPTIN has contributed 2,000 industry-ready graduate engineers to the power sector under the NAPTIN Graduate Skill Development Programme (NGSDP) apart from specific intervention and strategic training programmes provided to over 5,000 beneficiaries,” he said.
Klemens Momkes, Germany’s deputy head of mission in Nigeria stated the plant which consists of 10kw solar field, three wind turbines of 15kw is the first to consist more than one renewable energy technology.
He disclosed that the 25kw plant was funded by Germany and the European Union (EU), saying, “it is one key element of €1 million (about N200 million) project funded by the German federal Foreign Office and implemented by GIZ to promote clean energy training facilities in Nigeria.”
Momkes added that renewable energy training courses for 131 lecturers and other professionals in the sector were already held in 2012.
Thomas Kirsch, country director, GIZ, said the German agency supported the project under the Nigerian Energy Support Programme.
“I trust that the state-of-the-art facility in Kainji will turn into the champion of renewable energy training in the country,” he assured.

Johnson Alabi
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