. Building 1000MW solar plant to support national grid
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has disclosed that the state is aggressively investing in renewable energy, particularly solar power to boost economic activities.
Renewable energy has been identified as a key component in the energy mix to meet global climate goals by 2050, and drastically reducing carbon emissions and helping to mitigate climate change and promoting sustainable development.
The governor disclosed this on Thursday, during his keynote at the ongoing sixth edition of the Kaduna Investment Summit, tagged: KADINVEST 6.0, in the state capital.
According to el-Rufai, the government is building a 100-megawatt plant and is collaborating with the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), to build a 1000-megawatt solar plant in the state to add to the National Grid electricity.
“One of the largest investments in this state is the $650 million iron ore mining and manufacturing plant that will, by the grace of God, by next year’s KADINVEST 7.0, produce the first made in Nigeria steel, which is entirely using natural resources from Kaduna State,” the governor said.
“We are also investing N80 billion on road networks alone in three cities. But we have opportunities to absorb up to N20 trillion to fund our state infrastructure over the period 2018 to 2050.
“We’ve started implementing this Infrastructure Master Plan, and the opportunities are there to build these and we hope our successors will continue from where we left off. We hope to continue with the implementation of the second State Development Plan after it is launched today so that every ministry, department and agency (MDAs) knows what to do.”
Also, he said Kaduna state is implementing an SDG Acceleration Plan to fast-track the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
One of the largest investments in this state is the $650 million iron ore mining and manufacturing plant that will, by the grace of God, by next year’s KADINVEST 7.0, produce the first made in Nigeria steel, which is entirely using natural resources from Kaduna State.