Sokoto State, GIZ, GoSolar Partner on Off Grid Solar Power for Rural Areas

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Sokoto State Government said it had begun the process of connecting a number of rural households with off-grid solar power to deepen energy usage and enhance rural electrification in the state, Vanguard reports.

Alhaji Bashir Gidado, the Special Adviser to Gov. Aminu Tambuwal on Public Private Partnership (PPP), made the disclosure at a news conference in Sokoto on Sunday. Gidado said the project was a partnership between the state government and Nigeria Energy Support Project (NESP), GIZ of Germany and GoSolar. He added that a pilot scheme had already started in Kurdula, a rural settlement in Balle town in Gudu Local Government Area of the state.

He said; “So far, GIZ has completed the installation of the distribution network, while the next phase, which is generation network, will be provided by GoSolar.” The governor’s aide added that the state government had provided land for the project, while payment of compensation as approved by Gov. Tambuwal was being processed. “We hope to officially unveil the project in the next three months,” Gidado said.

 

Source: Energy Mix Report

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