US agency awards grant to Dangote Industries for solar project in Kano
USTDA said the grant for the Kano Grid Connection feasibility study will assess the transmission system's capacity.
The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Dangote Industries Limited for a feasibility study as part of the Nigerian company's efforts to develop a 100-megawatts solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Kano State, in partnership with Black Rhino, a South-Africa-based infrastructure investor.
In a statement released on Wednesday, USTDA said the grant for the Kano Grid Connection feasibility study will assess the transmission system's capacity and stability, as well as its viability to offtake from the solar PV power plant.
"This grid study will create opportunities for U.S. industry to supply products and services that will advance Nigeria's power goals," said Lida Fitts, USTDA's Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa.
USTDA targets its programming in the energy, transportation and telecommunications sectors. The agency supports efforts to expand energy generation by helping its partner countries develop renewable energy resources, invest in cleaner forms of traditional energy and modernize electric grids to increase efficiency, reliability and sustainability.
Last year, Dangote Industries and Black Rhino Group announced a commitment to invest $10 billion in energy infrastructure in Kano State and some states in the South-East region of Nigeria. Both parties agreed to contribute $5 billion each for the construction of a 1,000 MW coal power plant and a 100 MW solar energy project.
The feasibility study will be carried out by the winner in a competitive selection process. Businesses interested in submitting proposals can find details on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website.
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