Date: 07/23/2010 Description: Abuja - Renewable Energy - Solar Panels - State Dept Image

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria was the second U.S. Embassy to utilize clean power produced by photovoltaic (PV) panels. The initial installation in 2008 was 100 kilowatts.  This array was expanded by  a second project completed in 2014 which increased the power production by 290 kilowatts, resulting in a total output of 390 kilowatts. The total installation is estimated to produce 405 megawatt-hours per year; enough to power 37 average homes. The initial installation calculated a payback period of 4.5 years, and the new installation is calculated to payback in less than 7 years. 

The solar panels reduce the Embassy’s peak electrical demand for power, as well as reduce the associated greenhouse gas emissions. An additional benefit gained by having the photovoltaic panels is that they shade buildings roofs from the hot African sun, helping to reduce the air conditioning loads.