In line with its sustainability agenda of creating A Better Tomorrow™, the British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) has announced the commissioning of its state-of-the art solar power plant at its Ibadan factory in Oyo State.
The commissioning of the solar plant was done by the Area Operations Director Sub-Sahara Africa, Charles Kyalo and other members of the management team.
Managing Director of BAT Nigeria and Cluster Director, West and Central Africa, Yarub Al-Bahrani, said the commissioning of the 1 MWp DC grid-tied solar panel system in the Ibadan factory is “a significant step forward in BAT Nigeria’s journey towards sustainability. This initiative not only showcases the company’s dedication to reducing its carbon footprint but also sets a clear example for others in the industry.”
Speaking further, he said: “By harnessing the power of renewable energy, BAT Nigeria is not only securing a cleaner future but also contributing positively to the community and the environment. BAT’s commitment to sustainable practices is unwavering and this project is a testament to that commitment.”
The newly commissioned 1MWp DC grid-tied solar system is capable of generating an average of 2,800 KWh per day, while reducing carbon emissions by 450 tons as it was designed in line with the BAT Photovoltaic (PV) Standard, using Tier-1 Solar panels (Jinko) and Inverters (SMA) equipment.
Director of External Affairs at BATN, Odiri Erewa-Meggison, maintained that the installation of the new solar power plant reaffirms the BAT Nigeria’s position as a frontrunner in the transition to a greener and more sustainable future.
She said: “We are proud of this significant milestone as it affirms BAT’s commitment to our bold ambition to build A Better Tomorrow™ and reduce the impact of our business on the environment.”
It would be recalled that BATN recently announced its zero waste to landfill and 100 percent recycling of all waste in the Factory. The Factory was also globally recognised and awarded the Alliance for Water Stewardship certification in recognition of its responsible water governance, sustainable water use, protection of water quality, community engagement and continuous improvement.