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METKA Power West Africa has signed an agreement with the federal government of Nigeria for the first phase of the Energising Education programme.

METKA will provide full EPC services for power generation plants, street lighting and training centres, as well as operation and maintenance services, for four universities.

All four universities will be powered by hybrid power plants utilising renewable energy sources integrated with energy storage and diesel generation as backup, enabling reliable power supply for the universities totally autonomously from the grid.

In total, 7.5MW of off-grid hybrid power will be installed, incorporating the EXERON technology and the latest developments in mini-grid design, the company said in a statement.

EXERON provides intelligent utilisation of alternative power sources (solar PV, diesel generating sets, grid connection) and advanced battery management to ensure the optimal use of available resources.

The initiative will be implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), aiming to provide uninterrupted power to a number of federal universities and university teaching hospitals across Nigeria. Read more: Solar initiative launches online PV-Calculator

Energising Education Programme

Damilola Ogunbiyi, MD and CEO of REA said: “The benefits of the Energising Education Programme are immeasurable, as improving the quality of education and ensuring safe and conducive learning environments, through access to reliable power, training centres and streetlights, would result in the churning out of excellent graduates, thus the multiply effects on all facets of society. We are looking forward to this objective being realised through our strategic partnership with METKA Power West Africa.”

Vangelis Kamaris, CEO of METKA Power West Africa also commented: “We are very pleased to be able to support REA in their Energising Education initiative and we are committed to continuously support the energy needs of Nigeria and its people.”

METKA Power West Africa is a subsidiary of MYTILINEOS, a a Greek-based industrial conglomerate.

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