Sterling Bank on Sunday, announced what it described as a landmark achievement that puts Nigeria at the forefront of the global sustainability movement, saying it’s the first organisation headquarters across Africa to be fully powered by solar energy.
The iconic Sterling Towers, located in the bustling centre of Lagos, it said, now boasts an operation on an advanced solar energy system.
The decisive switch, the bank explained, underscores sterling bank’s dedication to reducing its ecological footprint and spearheading the adoption of renewable energy within the continent.
The Group Chief Marketing Officer at Sterling, Ibidapo Martins: “Our transition to solar energy reflects our deep-seated commitment to responsible corporate behaviour.
“It is a major stride in our quest to exemplify sustainable development in Africa and we are thrilled to be at the vanguard of the renewable energy revolution, hopefully setting a trend for others to emulate.”
Sterling’s initiative, the bank stressed, is a response to the accumulating proof worldwide that eco-friendly buildings deliver comprehensive advantages.
Martins highlighted: “This flagship project is not just about setting a record; it’s about showcasing the enormous potential Nigeria holds in transforming Africa’s energy narrative.”
He further elaborated on the scale of the project: “We have installed over 3,250 high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic glass panels, spanning 6,500 square meters on our 17-story building.
“This is the largest solar integration in Africa to date, and it is expected to generate 10,500 MWh over the next quarter-century while providing 995 kWp to power our headquarters.”
The transition to solar, Sterling said, is anticipated to deliver not only environmental advantages but also substantial economic savings in energy costs, which will be reinvested into customer-centric innovations and services.
In this bold endeavour, Sterling Bank said it is in league with international corporate giants like Apple, IKEA, and Google, who have already demonstrated the economic practicality and environmental benefits of solar energy.
By taking this step, Sterling Bank noted that it asserts itself as a progressive leader in the financial sector, dedicated to sustainable operations.
“The exclusive use of solar power at Sterling Towers is a game-changer for African corporations in the sustainability domain. It stands as an influential illustration for other companies, proving that economic progress and ecological conservation are compatible pursuits.
“This monumental achievement is a tribute to the ingenuity and leadership potential of African enterprises in green energy adoption, paving the way for a more sustainable global future.
“The completion of this project is a testament to Sterling’s dedication to its HEART strategy, emphasising impactful investment in the sectors of Health, Education, Agriculture, Renewable Energy, and Transportation,” the bank noted.
In recognition of its innovative approach, Sterling Bank said it had been named the Most Innovative Bank of The Year and featured in the Financial Times’ list of top 100 fastest-growing companies in Africa in 2023.
“The bank’s headquarters now stands as a beacon of commercial-scale renewable energy solutions in Nigeria, heralding a new era in the country’s energy landscape,” it added.