Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima’s has unveiled Africa’s biggest Automated Solar Panel manufacturing plant in the State.
The solar factory, located at Jimtilo Village, is the largest in the country as well as in Africa. The factory is fully automated with the capacity to produce 40 Megawatts worth of panels in a year; where each panel is designed to power 300 watts capacity. This conspicuous project will put the State on the map of technologically advanced States in Africa and set the stage for the industrialisation of Borno State.
This auspicious development is coming months after Borno residents complained of lack of power supply. Competing with solar plants in other African countries, the Borno State government has successfully built the cheapest, best and biggest solar plant in Africa, beating the South African and Egyptian large solar plants.
According to the executor of Governor Kashim Shettima’s industrialisation policy; Engineer Ali Ibrahim, the solar factory is in line with the Governor’s desire to kick-start the economy of Borno State, an action that is needed to put industrialization in the State back in motion, after the decade-long insurgency that has bedevilled Borno State.
Egnr. Ibrahim further pointed out that power has been a major problem for Nigeria and has posed a menace to the growth of the nation’s economy, hence, the Borno State government found the need to create a solution to this menace through investment in solar energy as Borno State is blessed with abundant sunshine.
According to him, many industrialised countries like Germany, have harnessed the power of solar energy to aid their industries, even though they have little sunlight compared to Borno State.
The project executor in his statement said “In fact, we believe that we will change the way we do irrigation in the north, Nigeria and the whole of Africa. It is very difficult for farmers to make profits using tandem with the sweat they put in, also getting the energy to power their water generating set is very costly due to fluctuating oil prices. We will provide access to energy through less costly but highly effective and affordable solar power to make it profitable and less strenuous for farmers to power their sets,”.
Meanwhile, some Nigerians have taken to Twitter to express their excitement about the Solar factory project;
The project is also expected to help the people of Borno State out of poverty and boost the economic activities of the nation.