PV MAGAZINE - Power purchase agreements for as much as 975 MW of solar PV have been signed between Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc. and a number of PV developers, one of which plans to develop a total of 1 GW of PV within the country.

Government-owned energy purchasing company Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) has signed the first ever solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) in Nigeria, local media reports. The agreements have been signed with 12 solar developers for a total of 975 MW of power generation, with the projects now needing the approval of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

The first to be signed was for a 75 MW solar plant in Katsina state, to be developed by Pan Africa Solar. According to the report, the project is worth $146 million, and the power will be sold under a PPA of 11.5 cents per kWh. At the time of going to press Pan Africa Solar had not replied to pv magazine to confirm these figures.

During the signing of the agreement, Pan Africa Solar outlined intentions to develop 1 GW of solar projects within Nigeria, which would require outside investment of $1 billion over the next five years. JCM Capital is partnering with Pan Africa Solar on the project, and forecasts construction to begin in late 2016.

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