May 22, 2024
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Crossboundary, NB ratify $10m Renewable Energy deal

CrossBoundary Energy and Nigerian Breweries Plc (NB) have ratified the commencement of two renewable energy (solar and battery storage hybrid) projects for NB Plc’s plant in Enugu and Oyo states.

Nigeria Breweries said, this will be one of the largest renewable energy projects for a business in Nigeria, valued at $10 million. The solar plants combined will supply approximately 10 GWh annually to the Ibadan and Ama breweries at a significant discount to their current cost of power. This project will reduce the site’s CO2 emissions by 100,000 tonnes over the lifespan of the plants it added.

In the agreement, CrossBoundary Energy will expand the current renewable energy system at NB’s Ibadan Brewery from a 663 kWp solar PV plant to a hybrid solar-plus-storage facility consisting of a 3 MWp solar PV system and a 2 MW/2 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS). NB’s Ama brewery will receive a 4 MWp solar PV plant and a 2 MW/2 MWh BESS with the project.

It is expected as agreed in the contract that, CrossBoundary Energy will fully finance the development and construction of the Ibadan and Ama renewable energy facilities, and will operate both facilities as part of a 15-year solar services agreement with NB. Under the same agreement, NB will only pay for solar power produced, receiving a single monthly bill that incorporates all maintenance, monitoring, insurance, and financing costs of the project.

The project is another significant step in strengthening the five years partnership between Nigerian Breweries and CrossBoundary Energy. Recall that both companies had partnered to complete the first phase of NB Plc’s solar power project in its Ibadan brewery which was commissioned in 2021 – a first of its kind in the country.

MD of Nigerian Breweries, Hans Essaadi, said: “We are delighted to be a pioneer in the adoption of solar energy in Nigeria. These additional solar plants will provide a significant portion of our electricity needs and put us well on our way to Carbon Neutrality. Expanding our renewable energy capabilities will ensure that Nigeria Breweries delivers on our environmental commitments under our Better A Better World (BABW) Sustainability initiative, and is in line with the global Net Zero targets set by our parent company HEINEKEN.”

The Chief commercial officer for CrossBoundary Energy James Shoetan, said: “We’re ecstatic to continue supporting Nigerian Breweries’ sustainability goals and to be providing multiple breweries with cleaner, cheaper power with no upfront investment or technical risk. CrossBoundary Energy is encouraged to see the expansion of the flagship project at NB Ibadan thereby greatly increasing its sustainable footprint.”

CrossBoundary Energy has engaged Soventix to design and build both solar plants, and DHYBRID Power Systems to design and supply the BESS and hybrid control system for both projects. Upon completion of construction, Soventix will provide operations and maintenance services for both facilities.

General Manager for Soventix in Nigeria Alexandros Aris Papachristou, said: “We are grateful that we, as an Energy Solutions partner for Nigerian Breweries and CrossBoundary Energy can contribute to the renewable goals of Nigerian Breweries with our custom-made energy solutions and best-in-class operations and maintenance operations.”

This project is expected to support the local employment of approximately 80 people during the construction phase, and at least two dozen people when the plants are operational. The projects will also enable private direct investment to support Nigeria’s recently reaffirmed

Nigeria’s renewable energy sector can provide much-needed green jobs, tap global capital, improve access to affordable, reliable power for businesses, and enable Nigeria to fulfil its enormous economic potential in the coming years.

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