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Dangote Gets Grant from US to Develop Solar PV Power Plant

By Dipo Olowookere

Dangote Industries Limited has been awarded a grant by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to support its efforts to develop a 100 MW solar photovoltaic power plant with Black Rhino, an African infrastructure investor, in Kano State.

Announcing the grant today, the American agency said the feasibility study will assess the viability of Nigeria’s transmission grid to off-take from a solar PV power plant with generation of up to 100 MW. Specifically, the study will assess the transmission system infrastructure capacity and stability.

According to USTDA’s Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Lida Fitts, “This grid study will create opportunities for US industry to supply products and services that will advance Nigeria’s power goals.”

Speaking on the development, CEO of Dangote Industries Limited, Mr Aliko Dangote, “This grid study is a key component to the success of future grid-connected power in Kano State.”

The Kano Grid Connection feasibility study will be conducted on a competitive basis.

However, businesses interested in submitting proposals for this project have been urged to visit the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website at www.fbo.gov, while a link to the FBO announcement will be posted to USTDA’s website at www.ustda.gov/business-opportunities.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

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