The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has launched a $500m Renewables Investment Platform for Limitless Energy (RIPLE).
This initiative is dedicated to the development, investment, and operation of renewable energy projects across the entire value chain.
NSIA is an independent investment institution, set up by an Act of parliament to manage funds in excess of budgeted hydrocarbon revenues. While RIPLE is another milestone initiative by NSIA in the climate sustainability asset class, having previously launched Carbon Vista with Vitol and the Construction Finance Warehouse Facility.
With RIPLE, NSIA is positioned to expand energy access, enhance energy efficiency and ensure energy security.
The launch of RIPLE is accompanied by the execution of a strategic partnership agreement that seeks to further redefine Nigeria’s energy landscape with the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
The pilot for this initiative is located within the Tokarawa Industrial Hub in Kano State and it involves setting up a generation and distribution system to meet 70MW of unsuppressed energy demands of industrial activities, commercial enterprises, and residential customers in an areacovering about 9,000 connections.
Commenting on the partnership, the Managing Director/CEO of NSIA Mr. Aminu Umar-Sadiq, said, “The collaboration between NSIA and the IFCis a clear demonstration of NSIA’s dedication to sustainable energy transition in Nigeria. As the custodian of economic resources for current and future generations of Nigerians, tackling climate risks is integral to NSIA’s objectives. We recognise the many opportunities it offers for innovation, growth, and economic transformation.
“We are excited to partner with the International Finance Corporation to advance the transition to energy efficient solutions in Nigeria, an institution that shares our commitment to sustainable development,our focus is to empower the customers with a resilient and environmentally friendly energy solution that will optimize productivity and reduce carbon footprint ” said Program Manager, RIPLE, Mr. Yusuf Umar.
Further speaking Regional Manager Africa, IFC Dan Croft, said, “Reliable electricity is crucial for improving quality of life, productivity, and economic growth in Nigeria. IFC is pleased to collaborate with our longstanding partner, NSIA, to develop and implement the first phase of this innovative energy solution which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuel. The energy solution will also deliver reliable power supply for commercial, residential as well as industrial use.”