Alternative Energy: Government launches policy document for solar mini-grid deployment

*New framework to help maintain standards in solar-mini grid sub-sector of Nigeria’s power sector ─ Goddy Jedy-Egba, Minister of State for Power

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

As a way of maintaining acceptable standards in the solar-mini grid sub-sector in the country’s power sector, the Nigerian Government has released modalities for the deployment of a solar mini-grid in the electricity industry.

The intervention is expected to provide a model for the installation of renewable energy and for contracting and practices.

Goddy Jedy-Egba, Honourable Minister of State for Power, who stated this Tuesday, September 15, in Abuja, FCT, disclosed that the framework would help apply acceptable standards in the solar-mini grid sub-sector in the energy sector.

It is recalled that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) recently launched a solar intervention fund aimed at providing investors access to credit facility with an upper limit of N500 million which will in turn provide affordable electricity to rural dwellers.

The CBN solar connection initiative has an ambition of enlarging electricity access to 25 million individuals by means of supply of solar home systems or connection to a mini grid.

The Minister stated that the scheme would resolve the issue of a steep rise in inferior renewable energy machinery and equipment as well as shoddy designs and construction practices.

According to him, the government is intensifying efforts at making electricity accessible to Nigerians.

He added that the scheme would address the challenge posed by lack of uniformity in renewable energy projects.

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