American University of Nigeria, (AUN) is Africa’s first Development University. And for the past 13years the institution has recorded many firsts. The recently commissioned Akin Kekere-Ekun building which houses the Admin & Finance operations of the University was conceived to be a “Green Building” hence the preference for the building to be powered by Solar energy. Protergia Nigeria Ltd, a leading Renewable energy company and project developer emerged the winner from a competitive bid to develop a 120kVA (97.2kWp) and this culminated in the signing of an EPC contract in June of 2016.
Project Timeline & Facts
Signing of EPC Contract – June 2016.
Project Delivery – March 2017
Solar Panels Rating – 315Wp
Number of Panels – 306 panels
Generation – 120kVA (97.2kWp)
Annual Power generation – 149,793kWh/annum
Equivalent diesel consumption – 72,000ltrs/annum
CO2 Emission Reduction – 190,000kg
I. The solar project was designed in keeping with the clean development theme. Along with solar lights in admin 1, and the waste water recycling system
II. The solar projects are however not just environmental good, they make sense economically too, in the face of rising diesel costs and grid tariffs
- The project we are currently building is the first step in a pathway that takes the university towards one that is less dependent on diesel. The University has spent an average of about N15,000,000.00 on diesel between Sept and February with diesel cost rising from 205.00 in Sept to 275.00 in February.
- The next steps in that solar pathway would include expansion of the solar program to other buildings on campus. Because the more facilities within the University community that switches to solar, the less diesel that is consumed
V. Eventually we see a future where the whole university is powered with renewable energy and excess power exported to the grid, which then becomes additional source of revenue for the University
- The university will be able to also export power to neighbouring communities which increases the public acceptance of the university