300 Communities Identified For Mini-Grid Electricity in Kaduna State

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The Kaduna State Power Supply Company said it has identified 300 communities in the state that are ripe for mini-grid electrification.

Dr. Abdulkarim Mayere, the Managing Director of the firm told reporters on Thursday in Abuja that the project would be a public-private initiative.

In his words, “The state has already adopted a mini-grid strategy for rural electrification.  Currently, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has published a draft for mini-grid regulation which is a good thing for us in Kaduna State.

He added, “And we have already identified 300 communities which are ripe for mini-grids and we have gone ahead fulfilling the requirements based on NERC’s regulations and we are trying to make the platform ripe for investors such that once they come into Kaduna, they will have all the basic requirements.”

The MD also said the construction of mini-grid power plants in some communities had begun, adding that six pilot projects were on-going.

According to him, the government was targeting 1,000 megawatts of installed electricity before 2020.

Mayere said that 50 percent of the electricity would be generated from renewable sources of energy such as solar and waste.

He also said that the present administration would encourage any genuine investor in the enormous solar energy potential of the state.

The chief executive officer noted that the Kaduna State government’s energy policy focuses on areas of incremental power, adoption of energy measures, capacity building and rural electrification.

Source: Independent Energy Watch Initiative

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