Nigeria’s largest brewer taps solar power to curb diesel use

Daystar Power, a leading hybrid solar power solutions provider for businesses and industrial manufacturers in Africa, signed an agreement with Nigerian Breweries to install and operate a 4.2MWp solar plant and 2MWh battery storage system.

The installation will be one of the largest solar and battery storage projects for an industrial manufacturer in Nigeria, Daystar said in a statement on Tuesday.

It said the hybrid solar solution will generate 5,249 MWh of electricity – 42 percent of its daytime power consumption – every year at Nigerian Breweries’ Lagos brewery. 

“The integration of solar into the factory’s energy mix will reduce its dependence on diesel generators to displace an estimated 31.4 million liters of diesel and offset an estimated 84,758 tons of CO2 over the installation’s 20-year lifetime,” the statement said.

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A subsidiary of Heineken, Nigerian Breweries is one of Nigeria’s leading manufacturers and produces some of the country’s most popular and iconic beverages from Star Beer to Maltina. 

The agreement with Daystar to design, install, and operate a hybrid solar and battery storage installation is part of Heineken’s commitment to decarbonise its own production by 2030 and its full value chain by 2040, according to the statement.

“We are thrilled to sign an agreement with Nigerian Breweries for this milestone project, one of the largest in our portfolio in Nigeria. We could not be prouder to support Heineken as it accelerates its adoption of renewable energy.,” said Jasper Graf von Hardenberg, CEO of Daystar Power.

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