Two solar firms partner to build minigrids in Nigeria Delta
All On, a Nigerian off-grid impact investor, and Renewvia Energy Corporation, a global solar developer, have announced a partnership to electrify rural communities unserved by conventional utilities in the Niger Delta region.
The partnership includes a commitment of $1.2 million from All On to enable Renewvia to develop and operate solar minigrids to bring clean energy, and ultimately spur economic development in the region.
It will provide reliable, consistent power, at a reasonable cost, to enable frontline healthcare workers to provide affordable, accessible and quality assured health care to Ogbia communities.
Reports have it that first two minigrids have been commissioned and are operating in the villages of Akipelai and Oloibiri, to support the surrounding communities.
It stated that Renewvia’s minigrid in Oloibiri will power the new Oloibiri Health for Life Medical Center (H4LC) and Knowledge Management Institute, one of the hub health facilities funded by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) under the flagship Oloibiri Health Program.
The solar minigrids in Akipelai and Oloibiri utilize lithium ion battery storage to provide reliable power throughout non daylight hours and are designed to scale as individual and communal power demand increases, without any financial burden to the community.
These minigrids will immediately help over 400 households and multiple small- and medium-businesses scale activities and drive community-level economic growth.
The program is a local government-wide health system strengthening partnership with the Bayelsa State government. “Renewvia Energy is thrilled to partner with All On to bring reliable, clean energy to communities who need it most,” said Trey Jarrard, CEO, Renewvia Energy Corporation.
“We have connected hundreds of households in Akipelai and Oloibiri to our minigrids, and we expect to see measurable economic benefits for these communities in the near future. We are happy to announce this partnership in line with our mission to increase off grid energy access to unserved and underserved communities in Nigeria with a focus on the Niger Delta,” said All On CEO, Wiebe Boer.
According to him, the partnership is particularly pleased that one of the first minigrid projects under this project is supporting health care providers during this time of crisis.