Workers Installing Solar Panels on a Building in Abuja Photo: Wavetra Energy

Alternative Energy: Nigeria to install solar energy in 304 hospitals, schools

*The Federal Government says it will deploy solar power grids to 200 Primary Health Centres and 104 Unity Schools in the country in the next year

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As means of improving consumers’ energy access while creating employment opportunities in the country, the Federal Government has said it will deploy solar power grids to 200 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and 104 Unity Schools in the next 12 months.

Sale Mamman, Honourable Minister for Power, who disclosed this development Monday, April 26, FCT, at the programme tagged, ‘Energy for All –Mass Rural Electrification’, stated that the energy initiative is expected to be implemented through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA).

It was learnt that Minister noted the plan would be financed by the Federal Government through budgetary allocation.

It is noted that the programme, which is under the National Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) is to support the Nigeria’s economic recovery in response to the damaging Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to Mamman, solar power mini-grids will be deployed to 200 PHCs with the provision of solar-powered street lights to the host communities across the country.

He stated the government also would distribute Solar Home Systems (SHS) to the 104 Unity Schools, and provide solar-powered street lights within the campuses.

The programme would enable job creation, improve energy access to Nigerians, and help the Federal Government to attain 30 percent of renewable energy contributing to the power sources by 2030, he noted.

The REA, Mamman said, has been advancing processes with the World Bank financing under the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP) to close the energy gap in the health sector.

The Agency would deploy hybrid solar power solutions to 100 secondary and tertiary health facilities, which have also served as isolation and treatment centres in the country.

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