The University of Ibadan (U.I.) may soon get off the national power grid and move on to solar energy, as the institution’s 10 megawatts solar power plant comes on stream.
Located within an extension campus of the institution in Oyo State, south-west Nigeria, the initiative, which is a Nigerian-German energy partnership project, is expected to supply energy to the university and its environs.
It will also serve as a research hub for engineers and also last for at least 25 years.
Save Huge Expenditure
The clean energy initiative, located in Ajibode community, has been in the works for over two years between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Republic of Germany.
Senior officials from both countries were at the location on Friday to witness the launch of the 10 megawatts solar power plant for the University of Ibadan.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Abel Olayinka, is optimistic that the project will impact greatly on the curriculum of the engineering students and also save huge expenditure on diesel generators.
On the other hand, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who initiated the programme when he was the Vice Chancellor of the institution, hopes the initiative will be replicated in other teaching hospitals.
The solar power plant, which would be completely assembled in six months, will be a solution to the poor power supply in the institution and its environ when completed.