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DuPont Powers up Nigeria with Solar Energy

19 November 2012 - In another effort to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels, DuPont collaborated with Solon Natural Energy in Nigeria to equip the Ogbomosho Town Hospital with a state-of-the-art photovoltaic solution. The Ogbomosho Town Hospital now boasts with a solution that powers the entire hospital with solar energy, from medical equipment – including X-Ray, Ultrasound, and other power-hungry lab equipment – to lighting, air conditioning and office appliances.

“Reliable energy sources are crucial to the development of Nigeria", says Segun Oluwole, DuPont Business Development Specialist for Sub-Saharan Africa. "This project saves the Hospital a great deal of money, and also protects the environment.”

DuPont and Solon Energy continued successful installations in Nigeria using DuPont Apollo Thin Film Solar Panels. This included an Ogbomosho school that was previously unconnected to the national power grid and was 100% powered by a diesel generator. Other installations include solar home solutions (2 – 3kWp systems) with battery back-up that provide clean and sustainable power for lighting and several home appliances. Additional projects include institutions and large schools solar power plant projects, as well as larger sized solar home solutions.

In the last 12 month period, DuPont Apollo's Thin Film modules has provided clean energy to a variety of applications in the African region, thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions from diesel generators traditionally used in such applications.

Harnessing the African sun can power the entire world’s energy needs. We see great opportunities in this continent and that’s why Africa is one of our key markets. The partnership with Solon Natural Energy has contributed to making Nigeria a safer and healthier place. We will increasingly collaborate with various local partners to deliver highly reliable power solutions,” Segun concluded.

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