Northern Governors Sign MOU for Construction of Five New Solar Plants

The Northern States Governors' Forum and General Electric Int'l, on Monday signed an MOU for the construction of 5 solar plants to generate 500 megawatts of electricity in parts of Northern Nigeria.

Borno Governor and Chairman of the Northern States Governors ' Forum, Kashim Shettima signed the agreement on behalf of the ‎Governors while General Electric's Senior Executive, Western Europe and Africa, Mr Armand Pineda and the President/Chief Executive Officer, ‎General Electric, Nigeria, Dr Lazarus Angbazo signed on behalf of their company in a brief ceremony which held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.

Based on the MOU, the General Electric with 120 years experience in power generation, is to build five solar power plants to be located in Borno, Kebbi, Nassarawa, Niger and Taraba States.

Each of the plants is expected to generate 100 megawatts of electricity totaling 500 megawatts across the 5 States. The electricity is meant to stimulate economic activities and social services in the states through boosting agricultural food processing, small scale businesses in addition to supplying electricity to schools and hospitals. 

The project which is a pilot phase, is being coordinated by the Northern Nigeria Global Economic Re-integration Programme, newly created by the Northern Governors.