NDPHC Lights Up FCT Community with Solar Cabin System

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The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) has signed an agreement with Kaida, a local community in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria, to provide solar light.

According to the agreement, the NDPHC will provide a Solar Cabin System to Kaida community, of about 250 homes, as stated in the release issued by the spokesman of NDPHC, Mr. Emmanuel Ojor.

He explained in the release that the project is in fulfillment of NDPHC’s corporate social responsibility.

Ojor’s said the project became very necessary and urgent given the discovery that the Kaida community is completely shut out from the electricity supply from the grid.

The Memorandum of Agreement, (MOA), for the project is said to be is a prerequisite for obtaining a permit from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for the provision of power less than 100Kw to any community.

During a speech at the signing ceremony, NDPGC managing director, Mr. Chiedu Ugbo, revealed that the 27.6KW Solar Cabin System was courtesy of Sun Africa, a US firm

Also speaking during the short ceremony, the general manager, renewable energy at NDPHC, Engr. Valerie Agberagba assured that the Solar Cabin System would provide electricity to 50 homes with an average of four occupants when deployed.

He explained further that the project is expandable, but warned that such expansion will depend on how well the Kaida community “takes care of the project,” he said. According to him, the community’s actions and inaction will determine the next step for the community.

The executive in charge of Solar Cabin development in Sun Africa, Mr. Peter Mauriv, said the project in Kaida is more or less a pilot scheme.

“We are aware that this project would not service every household in Kaida, it is simply going to illustrate the impact it makes and to show the importance of expanding the project in Kaida and to other parts of the country.

“The big advantage of renewable energy, specifically solar power is that it is robust and reliable,” he said
In addition to providing electricity, this project has the potential to create jobs, provide water, and opportunities to hold social events for the community dwellers.

A 22KVA generator will also be provided for the community as a backup to support the Solar Cabin System.

Executive director, generation NDPHC, Engr. Kasim Abdullahi, said the company is working with Sun Africa on the development of renewable energy projects both Ingrid and Off-grid. The collaboration will unlock about 1GW of electricity for Nigerians.

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