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Nigeria’s solar mini-grid ambition gains momentum

The Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA), in collaboration with the World Bank, has signed a grant agreement with Renewvia Solar Nigeria for the Solar Hybrid Mini Grids Performance-Based Grant (PBG).

The grant agreements fall under the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP) and concern the Oloibiriand Akipelaiin Bayelsa State communities.

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Renewia Solar Nigeria is the second company to sign agreements under the programme.

The PBG has also signed an agreement with renewable energy company Powergen to ensure the electrification of ten communities in Niger State.

The NEP’s goal is to increase electricity access to unserved and underserved communities across Nigeria.

The grant agreement signing for the performance-based grant moves the NEP, FGN, REA and World Bank one step closer to electrifying Nigeria, one community at a time.

This event is a milestone towards energising over 2.5 million Nigerians with clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity.

Further to the NEP initiative, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the government of Nigeria and the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF) have pledged joint financing of $200 million to de-risk and scale-up private sector investment in the off-grid sector, nurturing a business ecosystem conducive to the rapid electrification of Nigeria’s off-grid communities.

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Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.