The government of Nigeria plans to commission a wind power project with a capacity of 10 MW which is located in the Lambar Rimi area of Katsina State. Katsina wind farm is set to be commissioned in March 2021. The project includes 37 GEVMP wind turbine generators with capacities of 275kW, step-up transformers for each turbine 315KVA/33KV/400V, SCADA system, installation of 2 7.5MWA transformer and accessories.
The project began in 2005 under the governor of the state at the time. It was then taken over by the Federal Government in 2007. It initially had a completion period of 24 months; however, the project has been met with several delays. The project commissioning was scheduled for 2012 but it never happened. This project received millions of naira in annual budgetary allocations from the government with no expenditure details.
Nigeria is also focussing on development of solar power. Recently, it was announced that B&S power holding, a Singapore-based renewable energy company, and Sunnyfred Global, a Nigerian investment company have collaborated to develop the Ashama solar farm with a capacity of 200 MW. The solar project is located in an area of about 304 hectares in Ashama Village, Aniocha South of Delta State in Nigeria. Together, the companies will design, develop, finance and construct the project, which is expected to be the largest solar project in the West African region.
According to the World Bank, over 80 million Nigerians are without access to electricity and millions more suffer from poor service despite efforts by the Federal Government to provide electricity in the country. Also, about 60 Million of these Nigerians spend more than 1.6 trillion Nigerian Naira on fossil fuel generators yearly. The Federal Government of Nigeria however expects renewable energy to fill a substantial portion of the electricity poverty gap in the country.