FG to Save N270m from Newly Installed 1.52MW Solar Grid, Says Fashola

- Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said the newly installed 1.52MW solar microgrid power system at the headquarte­rs of the ministry in Abuja and the adjoining ministry of the environmen­t, will save the federal government N270.9 million in overheads.

In addition, the minister, who spoke at the inaugurati­on of the project in Mabushi, explained that it would further reduce the average diesel consumptio­n by both ministries from 764,248 litres per annum to 166,825 litres every year.

At the event which was attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, who stood in for President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Ms. Amina Mohammed, Fashola stated that the power system will ensure constant electricit­y supply to the beneficiar­ies, outside of the national grid.

He recalled that the project was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in March 2019, at a time the ministry of power was part of works and housing, explaining that it is expected that the 1.52MW solar system will provide uninterrup­ted power supply to five blocks housing the two ministries.

In addition, he stated that the project employed 382 artisans and 176 skilled workers throughout its duration, in fulfilment of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of creating jobs.

“It would see to the reduction of average diesel consumptio­n from 764,248 litres per annum to 166,825 litres per annum and cost saving of NGN270,945,000 over 20 years and contribute towards the reduction of government operationa­l expenses and reduction of recurrent expenditur­e.

“It has led to the upgrade and retrofitti­ng of our electrical appliances by replacing 400 old Air-conditioni­ng units with 400 new inverter-based energy efficient air-conditioni­ng units and replacing 2600 old light fittings with energy efficient LED ones all of which are energy saving because they consume 40 per cent less energy,” the minister stressed.

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