West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) Signs Solar Lease Agreement with Starsight Energy

West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) Signs Solar Lease Agreement with Starsight Energy

Transitioning to Renewable Energy in West Africa

The West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) has taken a significant step towards sustainability by signing a Solar Lease Agreement with Starsight Energy. This partnership aims to provide 1.2-Gigawatt hours of solar electricity annually over a 15-year period, with the goal of shifting 30% of the Terminal’s electricity from Diesel generators to renewable sources by 2024.

Commitment to Decarbonisation

WACT’s Managing Director, Jeethu Jose, expressed the company’s commitment to decarbonisation, emphasizing the importance of renewable energy. This move aligns with APM Terminals’ global commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040, aiming to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 65% by 2030.

“The topic of decarbonisation and renewable energy is something I am passionate about. This signing marks the first big step towards WACT’s net-zero journey, and it’s a moment we can all be proud of.” – Jeethu Jose, WACT’s Managing Director

“This collaboration supports our mission of assisting global brands like APM Terminals/WACT transition to clean energy. It is a testament to Starsight Energy and WACT’s forward-thinking energy management and environmental stewardship approach.” – Ladi Sanni, Managing Director of Starsight Energy Nigeria

Solar Energy for Sustainable Operations

The project involves the installation of a 1,092 kWp solar-only system in two phases, aimed at reducing WACT’s carbon footprint by approximately 20kt of Carbon Dioxide over the agreement’s lifespan. This initiative not only supports WACT’s sustainability goals but also aligns with Nigeria’s broader objective of transitioning to cleaner energy sources.

“The project aligns with Nigeria’s broader goal of transitioning from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources.” – Source: APMTerminals

Paving the Way for a Greener Future

The signing ceremony attended by APM Terminals Nigeria board members, management of APM Terminals Nigeria, WACT, and Starsight Energy signifies a crucial step towards a more sustainable future for WACT and the Nigerian energy sector. As the first greenfield container terminal under a Public-Private Partnership model in Nigeria, WACT is setting an example for sustainable operations within the region.

“This partnership signifies a crucial step towards a more sustainable future for WACT and the Nigerian energy sector.” – Source: APMTerminals

Conclusion

The collaboration between WACT and Starsight Energy to transition to solar energy marks a significant milestone in the journey towards sustainability in West Africa. By embracing renewable energy solutions, WACT not only reduces its environmental impact but also contributes to Nigeria’s efforts to adopt cleaner energy sources. This initiative sets a positive example for other industries in the region to follow, promoting a greener and more sustainable future for Africa as a whole.

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