Despite commissioning the 10MW Challawa Kano Solar Power Project, the daily electricity distribution of 250-360 Megawatts Hour by Kano DISCO may be considered insignificant by some.
The 10MW Challawa Kano Solar Power Plant, despite being overlooked by some, holds great significance and impact. It represents a milestone in the Nigerian power sector as the first project of its kind and also as the largest grid-connected solar power plant in the country. This project serves as a testament to the possibility of delivering successful large-scale renewable energy projects in Nigeria and a clear signal towards growth in the power sector.
The commissioning of the 10MW Challawa Kano Solar Power Plant is a personal accomplishment for President Muhammadu Buhari, who is widely known as a champion in raising awareness and combating climate change. He is a strong supporter of biodiversity and clean energy sources. For President Buhari, the degradation of the natural environment, whether through excessive carbon emissions or the destruction of ecosystems, is unacceptable and is the root cause of many security, economic, and social challenges such as terrorism, banditry, hunger, and poverty.
The 10MW Challawa Kano Solar Power Plant was designed to generate clean energy that is free of greenhouse gas emissions and reduces air pollution.
The goal of this project is to power the Challawa Water Works, which is the primary source of public water for the city of 4-5 million people, and to provide a steady source of electricity for streetlights in the state capital, thereby improving security. By alleviating the strain on the overburdened power distribution system serving the Challawa industrial estate, the city’s second largest industrial area, the project aims to drive industrial production and encourage other companies to invest in increased capacity, enabling them to reach full utilization.