The Shiroro Hydro Power Station (SHPS) has concluded arrangement to complement Hydroelectric generation with solar energy generation aimed at doubling its operational capacity of 300mw at present.
The chief operational officer of SHPS, Alhaji Dauda Abdulaziz, made this known yesterday when he received a combined team of Infrastructure Concessions Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) at the hydroelectric dam site in Shiroro.
While saying that the new solar plant would be digitally controlled, the chief operation officer of SHPS declared that “this new solar form of energy generation we are introducing will generate an additional 300mw. With this progress Nigerians will henceforth enjoy more power supply.
“It is a project that has prospect of employment for skilled young Nigerians.”
He added that each hydro power station in Nigeria was mandated to generate 3,000mw per annum, but that the hydro station has been generating 2,360mw, stating that when consultation on the procurement process for the solar energy project was completed with the relevant agencies and the host community work will commence on the project.
He explained that “the annual energy generation currently is 2,260mw, installed capacity is 600mw, 4 units each that generate 150mw. There are four units meant to generate power, but right now we only use two to generate 300mw because the other two units are under maintenance and are not generating energy for now.”