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Nigeria Setting Pace in Deployment of Off-grid Power Solutions

By: dayan (M) |Time : October 06, 2020, 10:18:10 PM

Mr. Salihijo Ahmad, is the Managing Director of the Rural Electrification Agency. In this interview he speaks about how the agency is intervening in the provision of power to unserved and underserved communities in the country. Emmanuel Addeh presents the excerpts:

There are about 100 million Nigerians who are off the national grid. What is your agency doing to give them access to power?

Achieving REA’s vision requires a focus on bringing electricity to unserved and underserved communities through a sustainable market. This will entail both direct implementation and coordinating broader electrification effort.

For example, the Grid Extension (Capital Projects), whose core objective is to provide affordable, easily accessed, safe and efficient electricity supply to the populace especially in rural settlements across the nation. The projects are broken down into solar mini-grids, deployment of solar home systems, and deployment of solar street lighting, injection substations, and grid extension projects across all 6 geopolitical zones. Like I said, the federal government has secured funding from both the World Bank ($350m) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) ($200m) for three components. The NEP will develop solar hybrid mini grids to serve over 2 million people and over 10,000 SMEs as well as Deploy solar home systems to 1.5million households and improve educational outcomes by electrifying Federal Universities and affiliated teaching hospitals as part of the EEP. So far, we have deployed energy infrastructure to off-grid Nigerians in 3 communities: Rokota in Niger State, Akikpelai and Olobiri in Bayelsa State, with more underway. Under the first call of the Rural Electrification Fund (REF), over 19, 000 Solar Home Systems have been deployed to serve Nigerians off-grid, while 12 communities have been energised through solar hybrid mini-grids. Following the success of the first call of the REF projects, the 2nd REF call is in progress. The agency is currently engaging interested energy developers to help drive this process and deploy more interventions targeted at off-grid Nigerians. For the EEP, it aims to power 37 universities and 7 teaching hospitals by providing independent power plants, 10,400 street lights will be installed across campuses in Nigeria for illumination and security, upgrade of existing distribution networks and world class renewables training centre at every university. Also, over 300 clusters have been identified for electrification across the country in different phases of the EEI.

It is one thing to have these programmes and another to be able to see them through to success… (cuts in)

As an agency that believes in the strategic use of off-grid technologies, we have deployed of off-grid solutions to economic clusters and federal universities across the country. To this end, over 12,000 shops are now receiving clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity supply. The pilot phase of the EEI has been commissioned at the Sura Shopping Complex Independent Power Project in Lagos state powering 1,047 shops.

So also is the Ariaria Market Independent Power Project, Aba, Abia State, powering over 4,000 shops and we have launched over 6,000 energised shops at Sabon Gari market, Kano State with more connections in the pipeline.

Deployment is currently ongoing in markets under Phase 1 of the EEI. This phase is expected to provide clean, safe and reliable power to 12 markets across Lagos, Kano, Edo, Ogun, Ondo and Oyo.

Two projects have also been commissioned; a 7.1 MW Solar Hybrid Mini Grid at Bayero University, Kano and 2.8MW Solar Hybrid Mini Grid at Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State (FUNAI).

In addition to that is the 1.6 Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Delta State, 1.12MW Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi are completed and ready for commissioning while other projects under phase 1 of the EEP are at various stages of completion. The programme will provide reliable power supply to over 580,000 students, 80,000 teaching and administrative staff, 1,400 doctors and 5,500 medical professionals. As a result, 860 harmful diesel-fired generators will be decommissioned. ..


Re: Nigeria Setting Pace in Deployment of Off-grid Power Solutions

By: dayan (M) |Time : October 06, 2020, 10:29:55 PM
As a development "mind", I always applaud intelligent solutions to development issues facing Nigeria and Africa.

Though it is sad that we are still at very early stages of development, there is an advantage to that disadvantage.
The advantage is that we can now leapfrog what others did in the past.

For example, it is my expert opinion that networked systems are not as robust as decentralized and autonomous systems. Even if the networking should happen, each node in the network should be both "server and client" to provide redundancy to the entire system. In a sense, that is what block chain is doing... but I digress...

The point is that Nigeria can solve power problems fairly quickly and reliably by implementing "off-grid" power solutions throughout the country. In fact that is the future of power supply!
Such a system would be very difficult if not impossible to compromise, and even when it happens, is mostly localized.

So, the fact that Nigeria has essentially moribund "national grid" of wires traversing the entire country which fail regularly due to any number of things, is an opportunity for us to build something better: localized, redundant, autonomous, tailored to specific areas and needs, etc. Smart money should be assigned to such solutions instead of shovelling money into unworkable and antiquated power stations all over Nigeria.

To Mr. Salihijo Ahmad and crew, I say your minds are in the right direction.
Go with it!

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