€9.3m Interconnected Mini-Grid Acceleration Scheme Engages 8 Firms to Develop 23 Mini-Grids in 11 States

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The recently signed interconnected mini-grid acceleration scheme (IMAS) is expected to generate a 5.4kWp to connect about 27,600 households and impact 138,000 Nigerians in two years.

The €9.3 million project is coordinated by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) with support from the and the German government through the Energy Support Programme (NESP).

Last week, Nigeria signed the award grant agreement with eight indigenous mini-grid developers to develop 23 mini-grids across 11 States of the federation.

Speaking at the grant award signing ceremony, minister of state for power, Goddy Jedy-Agba, said he was pleased with the development geared towards achieving Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of generating at least 30,000mw of electricity by 2030.

Jedy-Agba commended the REA for ensuring that power reaches the off-grid and un-served communities nationwide, adding that the current administration is always open to opportunities that will achieve the acceleration of electricity in Nigeria.

“According to the developed National Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy, the vision 30:30:30 aims at achieving 30,000mw of electricity by the year 2030, with renewable energy contributing 30% of the energy mix.

In order to achieve this, the minister said Nigeria will have to construct a thousand mini-grids of 100kw. The eight local mini-grid developers, include, Acob Lighting Technology Limited, GVE Projects, Nayo Tropical Technology Limited, Rubitec Nigeria Limited.

Others are Darway Coast Nigeria Limited, Havenhill Synergy Limited, Sosa-Protergia Joint Development Company Limited, and A4&T Power Solutions Limited.

They all will receive in-kind grants through REA with support of the and the German government within the framework of the NESP.

The minister informed that the eight mini-grid developers will develop 23 mini-grids across eleven states; Zamfara, Niger, Plateau, Kwara, Kogi, Osun, Ogun, Lagos, Delta, Anambra, and Cross River, the indigenous developers.

By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja

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