By Daniel Njienue, March 1, 2021. News/Comments
DELTA: The 1.35 MW solar hybrid project at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, FUPRE, Effurun, Warri, in Uview Local Government Area of Delta State was commissioned last weekend by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, noting that Solar energy is a major solution to the epileptic power supply challenge facing the country. The Senator used the medium to encourage the Institution to embark on strategic research, capable of solving power obstacles in the country. Stressing however that President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal Government has several intervention funds for solar energy development which is solely gear towards solving energy challenges.
His words “Nigeria can also make giant strides in innovative solar energy solutions. The federal government has several incentives, intervention funds for solar energy development. There are gains in solar energy and I urge FUPRE to take the lead.” I believe that the commissioning of this hybrid plant would serve as an effective alternative power source for the university community. Let the University management and the students ensure the good maintenance culture in place to keep it running”
Speaking also is the Vice Chancellor of Institution, Professor Akpofure Rim-Rukeh who said that, there is no doubt of the immense economic value the solar hybrid project would bring to the University Community and it would also enhance purposeful research.
“With this FUPRE project, it will be more relevant in research in the country. Researches had suffered set back in the past because sometimes plants were switched off during closing hours while some researches were on.. “Research is very key to FUPRE. The very day this project was tested the university was like noon at night because everywhere was bright”, I assured that the solar hybrid technology would be given all the attention it deserves for it to continue to serve the university environment” he added.
On his part, the Minister of State for Power, Mr. Goddy Jedy Agba while speaking applauded the project initiation and admonished the University to ensure the culture of maintenance and sustainability. Stating that, it is when a project is sustained well that new ones will come and more research will also follow.
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