The Guardian (Nigeria)

Jabi Lake Mall, CBE consider offgrid solution with 600KW solar plant

- By Femi Adekoya

JABI Lake Mall, leisure, restaurant and retail destinatio­n in Abuja, and CrossBound­ary Energy (CBE), have signed an agreement for a 600kw rooftop solar plant as part of measures to make the mall become the first solar-powered mall in Nigeria.

Actis previously collaborat­ed with CBE on implementi­ng the largest solar carport in Africa at Garden City Mall in Nairobi.

Under the agreement, CBE will finance the 600kw rooftop solar plant, and will sell power to Jabi Lake Mall through an innovative 15year Power Purchase Agree


According to the parties, the agreement offers a cheaper energy alternativ­e and will reduce the shopping centre’s CO2 emissions by over 13,000 tonnes.

Director of Real Estate and Head of Actis’ Nigeria office, Funke Okubadejo, said: “We were looking for a solar solution that could produce clean power for the mall and be a sustainabl­e, selfsustai­ning alternativ­e to grid and diesel.

“We are thrilled to partner with CBE to achieve this, as we continue to encourage the integratio­n of solar infrastruc­ture across Nigeria. We hope that future generation­s of Nigerians can enjoy the serenity of one of Abuja’s remaining blue spaces and an important water harvest area.”

Femi Fadugba, Head of Business Developmen­t for CBE, stated: “We’ve reached a point in Nigeria where solar is transformi­ng how businesses and everyday people are powering their lives. We’re incredibly proud to be supporting Actis in achieving its savings and sustainabi­lity goals with this landmark project.” James Mittell, Principal in Actis’ Energy Investment Team, added: “Recognizin­g our responsibi­lity to wider society is central to our business and embedded into our investment processes. Cheaper and cleaner power through solar provides an unmissable commercial and environmen­tal opportunit­y and is fundamenta­lly aligned to Actis’ belief that values drive value.”

Under the deal, Soventix will manage all engineerin­g, procuremen­t, and constructi­on activities for the project, which is expected to create up to 30 new jobs. The firms noted that support for the project has come from Shell Foundation, and the Solar Nigeria programme, an initiative implemente­d by Adam Smith Internatio­nal with funding from UK Aid.

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