Daystar Power generates solar energy for Bundeswehr sites in Nigeria
Updated: Sep 20, 2018
The German armed forces (Bundeswehr) has commissioned solar plants at three locations in Nigeria built and operated by Daystar Power.
The plants at Abuja and Jaji have a total output of 103.8 kilowatts and have been operating since November 2017, creating a self-sufficient and sustainable ecosystem around the German Bundeswehr sites. Daystar Power installed a solar plant in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, consisting of AEG solar modules. The facility is located on the premises of the Armed Forces Electronic and Mechatronics Engineering A and Mechatronics Engineering (AFEME) Workshop and School, largely replacing the diesel gensets on the training grounds. This means that the training centre, lighting, sockets and air conditioning systems can be operated cost-effectively and in an environmentally friendly manner.
In Jaji, in the central Nigerian state of Kaduna, two other properties are being supplied with solar energy – the medical centre and the GTAG training centre, where the Nigerian Army is trained by Bundeswehr units.
Two further locations in Nigeria are already in the planning stage.
Daystar Power specialises in energy supply and belongs to Sunray Ventures. The company is aiming to contribute significantly to the electrification of the African continent through private equity investments, thereby promoting the systematic expansion of renewable energy resources on the continent.
“One of the main difficulties affecting Africa's economic development so far is the lack of a comprehensive and stable energy supply” said Christian Wessels, Managing Director of Sunray Ventures. “The interruption of cold chains, the undersupply of schools and hospitals with energy and the general unreliability of the energy supply represent an insurmountable hurdle for companies and foreign investors. This supply gap can be systematically closed by feeding solar energy into local networks. With the help of the long-term partnership with Bundeswehr camps in Nigeria, we are securing our investment in the long term. Here we want to point out a path that can be exemplary for whole Africa and should serve as a model for the entire continent.”
Stuart Brannigan, Managing Director of the official supplier of AEG PV modules, Solar Solutions GmbH, added that AEG high-performance modules were deployed in the framework of the cooperation between Germany and Nigeria as part of the basic equipment of three Bundeswehr projects.
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