Nigeria: New Solar Minigrid to Electrify 500 Homes

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Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State inaugurated an 80kw solar mini-grid in the Gudu Local Government Area last week.

The solar installation will provide uninterrupted power supply to the Kurdula community, which includes around 500 households totaling an estimated 4,000 residents.

This announcement was made by Malam Imam Imam, the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Governor, in a statement on Sunday.

The Guardian reported that the statement quoted Tambuwal who said at the inauguration that the project was a key component of his administration’s rural development initiative, the Nigerian Energy Support Programe (NESP), which is being co-funded by the European Union and the German Government, and jointly implemented by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the German International Development Agency.

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Also speaking at the inauguration, German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dietmar Kreusel, believes that the introduction of solar mini-grids will not only expand access to electricity in Kurdula but in other areas of the country as well, The Guardian reported. Read more…

The European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ketil Karlsen, in his address said that over 1.5 billion people globally lacked access to electricity.

Karlsen added that many Nigerians do not have access to cheap, affordable and steady electricity.

In his remarks at the ceremony, the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Sulaiman Zarma, said the Federal Government was ready to work with partners on energy solutions.

He said the Kurdula mini grid electricity project was one of the six currently supported by Nigerian Energy Support Programme in six states of the federation.

The Daily Trust reported that the other states include; Ogun, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto and Cross-River.

Source: ESI-Africa

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