The Association of Alternative Power Suppliers of Nigeria (AAPSN) has expressed its readiness to develop mini grids to augment electricity generation and supply in the country following the unveiling of the Draft Mini-Grid Regulation 2016.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) recently unveiled the Draft Mini-Grid Regulation 2016, saying mini grids could be used as a bridge technology to accelerate electrification activities. NERC said the mini-grid regulation was specifically designed to accelerate electrification in areas without any existing distribution grid and areas with an existing but poorly electrified or non-functional distribution grid, especially but not limited to rural areas.
The President, AAPSN and Managing Director, AOS Orwell, Mr. Femi Omotayo, said members of the association would provide alternative power mainly through embedded generation projects to fill the supply gap in the power sector. Omotayo, who stated this at a breakfast meeting in Lagos, said, “We need to explore all the sources of energy — gas, coal, solar, among others — because we are still underserved.