Publication Date : 01/02/2007

Author(s) :

J. Enaburekhan.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 2
Issue 1
(02 - 2007)

Abstract :

The technical and economical feasibility of a potential wind farm to be sited in Kano, Nigeria has been investigated in order to evaluate profitability and investment opportunities. For technical consideration, wind and turbine energy capabilities are computed. For economical consideration, two different scenarios namely, University as Sole Developer (SD), and an Independent Power Producer (IPP) cases, are investigated and compared with respect to Net Present Value (NPV), Internal Rate of Return (IRR), and Pay Back Period (PBP) criteria. It is concluded that for the wind regime of this site, the 200 kW rated turbine is preferred to any other rated turbine to be installed in a farm under each scenario. The energy sale price is calculated as low as 11.05 Naira/kWh for the IPP scenario. Profitability analysis shows that, larger installed capacity with lower rated power wind turbines present shorter pay back period for the investment.

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