Bayelsa State, Nigeria – On June 2, 2020, the Federal Governmentof Nigeria, through its Implementing Agency – Rural Electrification Agency(REA), commissioned two solar hybrid mini grids in the villages of Akipelai and Oloibiri, Bayelsa State with a total capacity of 134.64kW for both communities under the Nigeria Electrification Project(NEP). These two systems include 134.64kW of solar PV, 180kWh of lithiumbattery storage and 2 units of 100kva diesel generator sets. The solar hybridmini grids will provide clean, safe and reliable electricity to hundreds ofpeople and spur economic growth in Akipelai and Oloibiri respectively.
The NEP is a Federal Government program thatseeks to provide energy access tohouseholds and enterprises in off-grid communities across Nigeria throughrenewable power sources. The solar hybrid plants have beencommissioned under the Performance-Based Grant (PBG) component of NEP.
Renewvia Energy Corporation, a recipient of Performance-Based Grants (PBG) from the REA throughthe World Bank funded NEP, has successfully developed two solar hybrid mini grids in Bayelsa state.
The 67.32kW solar hybrid mini grids inAkipelai and Oloibiri are estimated toconnect 364 households, and in thecourse of developing the infrastructure, created 170 jobs in theconstruction phase and seven permanent jobs. These mini grids utilizelithium-ion battery storage to provide reliable power throughout nondaylight hours and are designed to scale as individual household and communalpower demand increases.
“The REA is committed toscaling up reliable and sustainable energy access to rural unserved andunderserved communities through provision of grants to mini grid developers,which is the intent of the Federal Government through the NEP. After signingtwo (2) Performance-BasedGrant agreements with Renewvia Energy, we are delighted to see the completionof these two projects and we lookforward to commissioning more sustainable electrificationsolutions in our rural communities by grant beneficiaries” stated MD/CEO, REA,Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad.
The World Bank Task Team Lead, Jon Exel stated, “The solar hybrid mini grids in Akipelai and Oloibiri will boost the local economy and improve thequality of life in both communities through electrification of homes, schools, and businesses. Through NEP, reliable electricity will beprovided to unserved and underserved households, Micro, Small and MediumEnterprises (MSMEs), and universities and teaching hospitals in Nigeria. Theproject’s mini grid component, specifically, aims to develop solar hybrid mini gridsto serve 300,000 households and 30,000 MSMEs with clean, safe, affordable andreliable electricity. Together, the World Bank and the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN)are determined to transform the power sector with the goal of increasingelectricity access for all Nigerians.”
Chief ExecutiveOfficer, Renewvia Energy, Mr. Trey Jarrard stated, “Renewvia Energy is pleasedto help fulfil the bold ambitions of the Nigeria ElectrificationProject, an important effort to bring clean, safe and affordable energy tocommunities in the Nigeria that need it most. We are proud of Renewvia’sstate-of-the-art microgrids, which have the ability to scale with the needs of eachof these villages, and we look forward to expanding our work in Nigeria in thenear future.”
The Nigerian RuralElectrification Agency (REA) is the Implementing Agency of the FederalGovernment of Nigeria (FGN) tasked with theelectrificationof unserved and underserved communities. TheNigeria Electrification Project (NEP) is an innovative programme to catalyseoff grid development in Nigeria, through the provision of grant funding,detailed market data and technical assistance, in collaboration with the WorldBank ($350m) and African Development Bank ($200m). The NEP components are SolarHybrid Mini Grids, Solar Home Systems (SHS) and the Energizing EducationProgramme (EEP).
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