RP Global and OOLU Solar partner to launch Westa.Solar

Source: press releases, 24 June 2021

Westa.Solar – Petrichor Industries’ 500 kW solar installation in Nigeria (photo: RP Global)
Westa.Solar – Petrichor Industries’ 500 kW solar installation in Nigeria (photo: RP Global)

RP Global, a renewable energy developer and investor, and OOLU, provider of energy access solutions in West Africa, have announced the launch of Westa.Solar, a Commercial & Industrial (C&I) Solar Venture in West Africa, and the deployment of its first solar PPA project in Nigeria.

The 500 kWp solar installation will supply Petrichor Industries with almost a quarter of its energy needs as well as improve its resilience against frequent power outages. It will also enable the company to minimise its reliance on diesel generators, thereby reducing both its overall energy costs and carbon footprint. The project was jointly financed by Westa.Solar and a grant from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office.

Over the next few years, Westa.Solar intends to develop and implement a large pipeline of C&I solar projects in West Africa, supporting business development and increasing penetration of renewable energies across the country.

Located in Kano State, northern Nigeria, Petrichor Industries specialises in the manufacture of packaging products. Like many businesses in Nigeria, growth opportunities are constrained by expensive electricity tariffs and an unstable grid, with the frequent stop-start of power outages limiting production and increasing operating and maintenance costs. Westa.Solar’s customised solutions provide Petrichor with the security of a low cost, robust and reliable energy source fully adapted to meet its needs.

Kolawole Akinboye, Westa.Solar Nigeria Country Manager explains, “This is the first of what we hope to be many solar power projects for C&I companies in Nigeria. This solar PV installation is projected to help Petrichor generate savings of over NGN 235 million over the next 10 years and support its long-term growth ambitions. Our solar hybrid systems are a great solution for businesses with high energy needs. Ranging from 50 kW to 5 MW, our systems are fully customised to meet client demand. By providing a reliable supply at a competitive price we offer greater financial predictability and contribute to decarbonising the Nigerian energy mix.”