Renewable energy provider Daystar Power is commissioning a rooftop solar PV plant at the UAC Foods factory in Ikeja, on the northern outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria. The solar PV system supplies 50% of the daily needs of the factory operated by the subsidiary of United Africa Company of Nigeria (UAC of Nigeria).
Due to the instability of Nigeria’s national power grid, many companies are turning to self-consumption with solar PV plants. This is the case for UAC Foods, the food and beverage packaging subsidiary of the United Africa Company of Nigeria (UAC of Nigeria). The company uses the roof of its Ikeja factory in Lagos to generate solar energy. The plant was recently commissioned by solar energy provider Daystar Power.
The Lagos-based company installed a system consisting of 1,496 solar panels, with a generating capacity of 800 kWp. According to Daystar Power, the plant supplies 50% of the factory’s electricity consumption during the day. This is a good alternative to fossil fuels, especially diesel, which is widely used by UAC Foods. The solar power plant is expected to reduce the factory’s energy costs by 30%.
Support from GIZ
Solar energy is a major asset for UAC Foods in a context marked by rising diesel prices, after a period of sharp decline during the containment period in response to the Covid-19 health crisis. Since December 2020, the price of diesel has increased by 40% in Nigeria.
The new solar plant will be operated by Daystar Power, which will rely on a remote monitoring system, allowing for preventive maintenance. UAC Foods will simply pay an electricity bill to Daystar Power. With the solar power plant, the plant is expected to reduce its emissions by 2,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent over a 10-year period.
The clean energy project was implemented with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German international development cooperation agency, as part of the Project Development Programme (PDP) of the German Energy Solutions Initiative. “The PDP not only introduced the two companies, but also carried out essential due diligence that ensured the success of the project. The PDP assessed the financial and technical viability of the project and provided essential energy demand data that enabled the project to be designed,” explains Daystar Power.
Jean Marie Takouleu