The TotalEnergies Ecosolutions advantage
The Rite Foods PV hybrid plant produces renewable electricity. It switches part of the electricity consumption of the Rite Foods factory, which ran exclusively on diesel and gas generators.
Considering Nigeria's potential resources, renewable energy would be an interesting and necessary alternative or complement to increase production capacity and reduce grid issues. In addition, some companies are turning to renewable solutions to reduce their costs and improve their autonomy.
On the one hand, Nigeria's energy mix is largely based on fossil fuels (gas-fired thermal capacity (81% of the electricity mix) and hydro (19%) (2019 figures from a study by the Abuja Regional Economic Service). On the other hand, access to energy is a central issue in the country, with about 55% of the population reportedly lacking access to electricity. In addition, there are major inequalities between cities and rural areas, where the rate of access to electricity drops to 36%.
The Environmental Performance
Compared to the baseline scenario of generating electricity without the use of the hybrid solar plant, i.e., from natural gas (64%) and diesel (36%), the Rite Foods’ hybrid solar plant allows:
This result is based on a cradle-to-grave Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study, which evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with the electricity generated by a 1MW capacity photovoltaic power plant, made up of Sunpower P19 modules, throughout its life cycle. The comparison with the previous situation is based on the following functional analysis: "Produce 1kWh of electricity per year that takes into account the 25-year lifetime of the hybrid solar plant"