– EnergyNews Report
As part of the Federal Government efforts to increase power supply in the country, the government has inaugurated a 200 solar home systems in the Federal Capital Territory. This is expected to increase electricity generation from 13 per cent to 36 per cent in 2030.
The Acting President, Prof. Yomi Osibanjo, inaugurated the project in Wuna community, Gwagwalada Area Council of the FCT. Osibanjo said that the FG was committed to improving access to power for the people. According to him, 20,000 units of solar home systems would be deployed to rural off-grid communities who before now relied on candles and kerosene for light.
Osibanjo explained that the grid was the transmission centers and more would be deployed across the country, especially in places that were not served by the national grid. “Once the grid is deployed, it will create more jobs as well as improve the technology and skills of people in the community. Our country has one of the best radiations in the world and it will be best for solar power,’’ he said.
Earlier, Mr. Christopher Bransfield-Grath, the Chief Executive Officer, Azuri Technologies handling the system, noted that the initiative would enable people to access sustainable and renewable power. He said that it would increase productivity and economic activity for farmers as well as increase security for homes and communities.
The CEO said that the ultimate goal was to deploy across Nigeria and empower more than 70 million Nigerians with clean, sustainable and reliable solar homes solutions. Bransfield-Grath said the country’s commitment to increase its energy mix was an opportunity for a reliable solar alternative to address the challenges of energy access. The Managing Director, Niger Delta Power Holding Company, Mr. Chiedu Ugbo said the company was delighted to partner with Azuri to improve energy productivity in the country.