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Airtel Nigeria denies awarding solar contract to power 600 base stations



Telecommunication service provider, Airtel Nigeria, has distanced itself from a recent report that the company awarded a contract to WATT Renewable Corporation (WATT) to deliver over 32MW installed capacity of solar PV and storage across 600 cell sites across Nigeria.

Director of Corporate Communications and CSR, Airtel Nigeria, Femi Adeniran, said in a statement that the involvement of Airtel Nigeria with WATT was limited to only 30 sites as a proof of concept of WATT’s Energy-as-a-Service offering. Of the 30 sites commissioned, he said 18 are currently up and running.

Adeniran, however, said the company was committed to its sustainability goals and continues to pursue its Net Zero objectives across its operations.

Several online reports quoting the CEO of WATT, Oluwole Eweje, had claimed that Airtel awarded WATT, a provider of hybrid solar solutions, a contract to deliver more than 32MW of installed solar and storage capacity across Nigeria.

The reports also claimed that the hybrid solar installations, which would be installed across 600 sites under an energy-as-a-service model, would provide Airtel with greater certainty and uptime from its power supply, helping it to expand its network coverage and introduce 4G and 5G technologies.

In the reports, the WATT CEO was quoted saying: