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West Africa: RP Global and OOLU launch joint venture with 500kW project


24 Jun 2021

RP Global and OOLU Solar on 24 June announced the launch of a new commercial and industrial (C&I) joint venture solar company called Westa.Solar. The company aims to develop solar PV projects ranging from 50kW to 5MW for C&I clients in West Africa. Westa.Solar has already completed its first project, a 500kW solar PV hybrid system for Petrichor Industries in Kano State, Nigeria.

Petrichor manufactures packaging products and has suffered production losses because of frequent blackouts. The solar system system, financed by Westa.Solar and a grant from the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, will supply around a quarter of Petrichor’s energy, reducing diesel dependency and protecting against an unstable grid.

“This is the first of what we hope to be many solar power projects for C&I companies in Nigeria”, Westa.Solar Nigeria country manager Kolawole Akinboye said. “This solar PV installation is projected to help Petrichor generate savings of over ₦235m over the next ten years and support its long-term growth ambitions.”

Austria’s RP Global has a strong presence in East Africa, where it is headquartered in Tanzania, through a utility-scale independent power producer business and mini-grid company Jumeme. The company has more than 40 operational projects worldwide and is developing a global pipeline of around 9GW.

OOLU has operated in West Africa since 2015 and is active in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal. The company has sold more than 60,000 solar home systems using its own management platform and distribution network.

 

Image: Off-grid and embedded power projects in West Africa. Source: African Energy Live Data

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