Nigerian Breweries Plc (NB) and the CrossBoundary Energy, have announced the signing of Heineken’s first solar project in Africa.

CrossBoundary Energy would be installing and operating a 650 kW solar plant located at NB’s Ibadan Brewery, the solar energy plant will become operational in 2019. The project, according to the promoters, is the first of its kind for Nigeria – a fully-financed solar power purchase agreement for a major Nigerian business customer.

A statement signed by NB Director of Corporate Affairs, Sade Morgan, explained that CrossBoundary Energy would operate the rooftop facility on behalf of Nigerian Breweries as part of a 15-year solar services agreement.

Under the agreement, NB would only pay for solar power produced, receiving a single monthly bill that incorporates all maintenance, monitoring, insurance and financing costs.

“The solar plant will supply 1GWh annually to the Ibadan brewery at a significant discount to their current cost of power, while reducing the site’s CO2 emissions by over 10,000 tonnes over the lifespan of the plant.”

Jordi Borrut Bel, Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc stated: “We are delighted to be a pioneer in the adoption of solar energy in Nigeria. The solar plant will help power our world-class brewery in Ibadan, enabling us to deliver on commitments under our ‘Brewing a Better World’ initiatives and supporting Heineken’s global ‘Drop the C’ programme for renewable energy.”
Through the initiative, Heineken aims to grow its share of production related energy sourced from renewables from the current level of 14 per cent to 70 per cent by 2030.

“NB’s Brewing a Better World initiative has further targeted a 40 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030,” the Supply Chain Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Martin Kochl said.

On his part, the Head of Business Development for CrossBoundary Energy, Femi Fadugba said: “We’re excited to be helping Nigerian Breweries go solar and to be providing the site with cleaner, cheaper power with no upfront investment or technical risk. I’m also proud that this flagship project – the first of its kind in Nigeria – will be launched in my family’s hometown of Ibadan.”
CrossBoundary Energy has commissioned TPN to design and build the plant as well as performing operations and maintenance immediately after commissioning. Ruud van Milligen, General Manager for TPN said: “We are grateful that we, as an Energy Solutions partner for Nigerian Breweries, and CrossBoundary Energy can contribute to the renewable goals of Nigerian Breweries with our custom-made energy solutions and best-in-class operations and maintenance operations.”

The plant would support the local employment of at least a dozen engineering, construction and maintenance professionals during installation and the 25+ year lifetime of the system, while supporting the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (NERC) target of having 2,000MW of power capacity from renewables by 2020.