Abuja, October 19, 2020


Gesto has finalized the study and evaluation of Nigeria solar and wind potential. The project was developed for the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) within the scope of UNDP/GEF Derisking Renewable Energy NAMA for the Nigerian Power Sector Project.

The project comprised the assessment of solar and wind resources across the country, the preparation of high-resolution energy resource maps,  development of technical and commercial feasibility assessment reports, and the development of a GIS-based tool that allows to support and guide private developers in sitting geographical locations for solar and wind projects across the country, based on several criteria, including resource availability and least cost options.


2,5 GW of wind potential

A total of 21 wind farms were identified and evaluated, compromising a total potential installed capacity around 2,5 GW and an annual estimated energy production of 10,6 GWh/year. These 21 wind farms are located in feasible sites with high wind resource potential scattered among 12 of the 37 Nigeria States. In terms of location, wind resource have more potential in higher altitudes, being the mountainous States the ones where the more attractive Wind Projects are located.

330 GW of solar potential

Concerning Solar PV Projects, due to the “flexibility” and modularity of PV Solar farms and the wide resource potential across the country, the project identification methodology took advantage of the benefits of the decentralized generation, placing the projects as near as possible to the load centers. This approach led to 213 potential solar PV plants dispersed all over the Nigerian territory, in a total of 330 GW of installed capacity with an estimated annual production of 546 TWh/year. In terms of location, solar irradiation is more abundant in the north of the country where it can reach an extra 30% when compared with projects in a lower latitude in the south part of the country.

Nigeria Renewable Energy web GIS tool

Regarding the GIS-based platform, the “Nigeria Renewable Energy web GIS tool” was developed to present the outcome information of the performed studies and analysis, providing investors with preliminary relevant data to attract renewable energy investment in this area. This tool allows potential investors and financing community to easily assess the potential of renewable resources in Nigeria and identifies a set of potential Solar and Wind projects to be developed.

The RE Nigeria webGIS: