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Power for All, US Global Development Lab, Power Africa, USAID-Nigeria, as well as FHI360 – a newly formed taskforce, will be driving access to modern, clean and affordable electricity.

This Day reported that the taskforce team was recently inaugurated in Abuja, Nigeria.

It is reported that the collaboration was formed under the Scaling Off Grid Energy (SOGE) Grand Challenge for Development, a partnership upon which the 20 million households in sub-Saharan Africa countries could gain access to modern clean energy.

A statement issued soon after the launch indicated that Decentralised Renewable Energy (DER) solutions, which could be used to achieve this objective, range from stand-alone systems to mini-grids and mobile solar farms.

It noted that they have the advantage of being readily available, affordable and immediately deployable. Read more…

“This allows the delivery of energy access in a number of days – versus the years it takes to site, permit, build and manage a traditional centralised fossil fuel grid system – and can be an important tool for Nigeria to better exploit the full range of its renewable energy resources, especially with delivering energy to last-mile communities,” the statement read.

Expansion of off-grid energy

The statement further explained that the taskforce was a coordination group formed to identify and implement a multi-stakeholder approach to accelerating the end of energy poverty in Nigeria, further adding that its goals include identifying priorities, supporting specific stakeholder-led actions that will accelerate the expansion of off-grid energy in Nigeria.

“This is in line with the goals and vision of the Nigerian government’s commitment towards increasing power access in Nigeria and increasing the rate of electrification to rural areas,” it added.

Speaking on the development, Roseann Casey, who is the Nigerian lead for Power Africa, said: “Power Africa’s approach is based on partnership. We value the opportunity to be part of this important dialogue with diverse stakeholders who are eager to find both opportunities and solutions in the off-grid space.”

Christina Blumel of FHI 360, added: “We are very happy to have the opportunity to work with Power for All in launching the Task Force, and to see the engagement and enthusiasm around DRE in Nigeria.”

Also commenting was the President of the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria, Segun Adaju, who said: “The DRE taskforce is coming at the very right time to support scaling of off-grid energy. It will support in removing the barriers that have held back the adoption of off-grid power by bringing the relevant stakeholders.”

African Utility Week