The Rural Electrification Agency, REA, has commenced the official commissioning of off-grid power projects across the south east geopolitical zone of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Yesterday 12th November 2020, Eka Awoke community, Ikwo Local Government Area of the State of Ebonyi, witnessed the commissioning of a brand new, completed 100KW solar hybrid mini grid power plant, by the Federal Government. In the same vein, today 13th November 2020, Joint Hospital in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, witnessed the commissioning of a new and completed 7.5KW solar mini grid project.
The REA is the implementing agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Power, entrusted with the electrification of the unreached and underserved communities in the country.
The 100KW solar hybrid mini grid system project in Eka Awoke community is, according to the Managing Director of the Rural Electrification Agency, REA, Ahmad Salihijo, “the most exciting and fulfilling part of my job at REA. Deploying energy infrastructure in unserved and underserved communities across the nation and actually witnessing, first-hand, how reliable and sustainable energy transforms socio-economic activities.”
“It has been a long week. However, the commissioning of the 100kWp solar hybrid mini-grid in Eka Awoke, Ebonyi State is only the first of many projects we will be handing over to communities in different zones across the nation in the coming weeks, as mandated by the Federal Government of Nigeria.””
The 100kWp solar hybrid mini grid system at Eka Awoke, Ebonyi State, consists of:
- 330 Solar Panels
- 12 kilometers distribution networks
- 300 connected residential buildings
- 150 connected commercial buildings
- Serving a local community of 500 residents.
The Eka Awoke Solar hybrid mini grid system project, according to the REA, is but one of twelve such projects being done by the Federal Government of president Muhammadu Buhari. They are under the Rural Electrification Fund – Call 1 Programme tailored to provide clean, affordable, and reliable electricity for community members.
The 7.5kWp solar mini grid project commissioned today in a hospital in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra state, is meant to provide better health services to the local community and environs.
Honourable Chris Emeka Azubugu, the Deputy Chairman House Committee on Appropriation said, “We cannot record the kind of growth needed in Nigerian communities without power supply. This project is a great lifeline and one which will enable the hospital to deliver better and expand.”
“Our patients are now assured of reliable energy, off-grid. Here, odd hour emergency cases are no longer nightmares.” Reverend Father Chukwujeku Akabudu, Hospital Manager/Administrator said.