Sterling & Wilson commissions Nigeria’s first solar storage hybrid plant to empower future generations of the nation
Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria – Prof. Yemi Osinbajo inaugurating the plant
Mumbai: His excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria inaugurated Sterling and Wilson’s world class solar storage hybrid plant as part of the ‘Energizing Education Program’ at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike-Ikwo (FUNAI) with a state-of-the-art workshop and training centre enabling effective learning, innovations and advancement among students in areas of renewable energy. This 2.8 MW hybrid plant is Nigeria’s first solar storage hybrid project. During the construction, 20 female STEM students and local people were trained on the job to undertake various tasks pertaining to a solar plant and allied equipment installation and operations.
As a result, 7,700 FUNAI students and 1,1819 teaching staff now have access to clean reliable energy from this solar hybrid power plant. The ‘Energizing Education Programme’ is a federal government intervention focused on developing off-grid, dedicated and independent power plants, as well as rehabilitating existing distribution infrastructure to supply clean and reliable power to 37 federal universities and 7 affiliated university teaching hospitals. The FUNAI commissioning included the launch of 7.5 KM of solar powered street lights for illumination and safety, as well as a world class renewables training centre. The overall outcome will help the future generations of the country to have high standards of effective learning, greater opportunities for the future, improved institutional operations and student residency.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Deepak Thakur, CEO – Hybrid and Energy Storage, Sterling and Wilson, said: “Clean, economical and abundant energy is one of the basic ingredients for economic progress of a city, state or country. Lack of energy can become a primary barrier in imparting effective learning and development to the country’s children and youth. The Federal Government of Nigeria and the Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria conceived and implemented a unique and well thought out initiative, ‘Energizing Education Programme’ to address this crucial concern for the country. We at Sterling and Wilson look at this opportunity to partner with this initiative to empower future generations of Nigeria with extreme pride and honour. We are pleased to have engineered and constructed the solar-storage hybrid plant for the university here which will enable effective learning, innovations and advancement among students in areas of renewable energy. As one of the leading turnkey solution providers globally, with project management, engineering and delivery expertise of over 11GW of diversified energy offerings across geographies, we are committed to deliver many more of such projects well on-time, fully complying with the stringent quality and safety standards and look forward to participating in future endeavours in Nigeria.”
Sterling and Wilson has an extensive focus on where and how hybrid and energy storage solutions can be applied across the energy sector from centralized large fossil and renewable power plants, to data centres, C&I segments and remote settings such as Islands. The Company’s Hybrid & Energy Storage business unit is offering a range of clientele – from utility-scale and C&I project developers, independent power producers to public utilities and IOUs – a host of turnkey services such as project development, design and engineering including sizing of storage solutions and hybrids, supply chain management, construction, commissioning, and operations & maintenance.
About Sterling and Wilson:
Sterling and Wilson is an excellent example of how the Shapoorji Pallonji family has nurtured long term associations with its business partners. The Mistry and Daruvala families have been partners in Sterling and Wilson for three generations. Sterling and Wilson has shown an extremely positive growth, from a turnover of INR 2,245 crore in 2012, today the group has crossed a turnover of INR 12,000+ crore. From being a predominantly India focused company in 2010, Sterling and Wilson now operates across the Middle East, Africa, Americas, Australia and Europe. From being mainly focused on doing MEP projects in India, the company over the past 10 years has set up global operations in MEP, Diesel Generator sets, Gas-based Power Plants, Turnkey Data Centers, Transmission & Distribution, and Solar EPC. With its recent foray into Wind and Energy Storage, Sterling and Wilson is perfectly poised to play a pivotal role in the global trend of moving away from thermal plants to a future of renewable energy with storage. As a responsible corporate entity, Sterling and Wilson has been actively contributing to socio-economic development of the communities in which it operates, through various CSR activities. The Company’s first solar diesel hybrid with 37 MWh battery energy storage system is empowering the future generations of Africa with the region’s largest battery energy storage.