By Musa Adamu
A Kano based energy Firm, Enerwhere Nigeria, has recently commissioned a 73 kWp solar hybrid plant on the roof of Rumbu Industries on Hadeja road in Kano.
A utility distribution company with head offices in Dubai, stated in a statement that the development was first of its kind.
It noted that this project was breaking ground in the commercial and industrial solar market in Northern Nigeria and that it was leading the way for a more sustainable, cost-effective solution to face the sectors power challenges.
It said: “Rumbu Industries Ltd is one of the world’s largest plastic mat producers, exporting to West Africa and beyond. Based in Kano, Northern Nigeria, they have over 1,000 employees and operate up to 24/7 with average daily power needs of over 500 kW. The poor grid supply in the Kano region regularly forces Rumbu Industries Ltd to use diesel generators, with just 60% of their annual energy usage coming from the grid.
“Power reliability is particularly key for this industry, as their machinery quickly gets clogged during black outs. The resulting high fuel and operating costs, together with regular breakdowns of the generators and UPS systems, have been a major headache for the Rumbu Industries operations team.”
It said Enerwhere’s solar rooftop plant cuts the company’s dependency on diesel generators by reducing its fuel consumption, generator running hours, KEDCO bills, and consequently overall power cost.
It quoted Ibrahim Buhari, the Chairman of Rumbu Industries as saying: “Enerwhere were the most economical energy solution available to us and the system will pay for itself in under 4 years, after which the energy is free.”
It said the73 kWp solar rooftop plant was expected to produce over 100 MWh of electricity per year, a development that would save approximately N6 million in energy costs annually.
“The system was fully designed, engineered and constructed by Enerwhere. This project is supported by aid from the UK government, provided through the Solar Nigeria Programme and implemented by Adam Smith International.”
The statement further quoted Sani Saleh, Executive Director at Rumbu Industries as saying: “Enerwhere held their promises and delivered the project end-to-end with professionalism. With their remote monitoring system, they keep track of our production and ensure maximum performance.”
“To further reduce its reliance on intermittent Kedco power and expensive diesel fuel, Rumbu Industries plans to further increase the solar share by adding another 300 kWp solar PV on their roof.
“We are now convinced of both the reliability of the technology and Enerwhere’s capabilities, and we are looking forward to expanding the plant to maximize our savings on the long term.“