REA MD/CEO Sahilijo Ahmad
By ABAH ADAH, Abuja
The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) through the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP) has deployed and commissioned 7 solar hybrid mini-grids with a total energy capacity of 529.79KW, connecting 3,828 customers.
In a statement signed by a communication expert, Ahmed Abubakar, the agency has signed grant agreements under the mini-grid sub-component with 13 companies for the deployment of solar mini-grids across 86 sites in off-grid communities.
It has also signed agreements with 26 companies under the Output Based Fund (OBF) sub-component of standalone Solar Home Systems (SHS) for homes and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of which it has completed installation for 221,971 households, MSMEs, as well as public facilities.
REA “signed contract agreements with 8 companies for the deployment of containerized solar hybrid solutions to power 100 Isolation and treatment Centers (ITCs) under the REA/NEP COVID-19 & Beyond intervention programme,” the statement noted, adding that sensitisation of communities through engagement was carried out in 9 states already to have them key in for the sustainability of the NEP minigrid projects.
Under the Energizing Education Programme (EEP) Phases II and III, the statement said REA had commenced preparations for the deployment of solar hybrid power plants in Federal Universities and Teaching Hospitals, while the agency calls for more support from the private sector to help bridge the electrification gap by visiting the NEP website for information on how to apply as it concerns the component that best suits their interest and experience.
The Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency REA is the Implementing Agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria with a mandate to electrify off-grid and underserved communities, especially rural areas by coordinating all rural electrification programmes in the country.
On the other hand, NEP is a programme to catalyse off-grid development in Nigeria, through the provision of grant funding, detailed market data and technical assistance in collaboration with the World Bank and African Development Bank (AfDB) both of whom have provided $550m to support the implementation of the programme.
The objective of the project is to provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity access to a minimum of 2.5 million Nigerians which equates to about 500,000 households.