Rural Electrification Agency set to connect 250 rural communities to solar power in Nigeria

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The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) revealed that under its new initiative- the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP), about 250 rural communities across Nigeria would soon be connected to stable electricity generated from solar based facilities.

REA, which noted it was working with private companies to implement the project, said electricity from the solar mini girds would be safe, affordable and constant for homes, businesses, schools, places of worship and health centers of these communities.

The agency said rural communities in the Niger, Cross River, Sokoto, and Ogun would benefit from the first phase of the project. Revealing how communities were selected, the firm said suitable mini grid sites were selected based on data collected through remote geo-spatial studies, and that selection was made by developing a deep understanding of available data.

According to REA, private companies would be selected through a competitive tender process to install the solar mini grids. The agency stated that these companies have to be legal entities with the capacity to enter into a contract under the laws of Nigeria.

The agency also said NEP will be funded by the World Bank, with private developers building, operating, and maintaining the solar mini grid in the communities, while the agency would act as the implementing agency of the NEP.

The REA expects selected communities would experience improved livelihood with clean, safe and affordable energy that is off grid. They would not have to be subjected to the challenges of Nigeria’s on grid electricity.

 

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