April 16, 2024

Ministry of Power, Adelabu launches 352.24KWp solar hybrid mini-grid in Toto Community, Nasarawa

Adedokun Theophilus, Nassarawa

 

The Federal Ministry of Power has inaugurated a 352.24KwP solar hybrid a battery capacity of 972kWh, and a diesel-powered generator interconnected mini grid for 180,000 Nigerians in Toto Community, Nasarawa State providing access to clean, safe, and reliable energy to the underserved community.

Chief Adebayo Adelabu, Minister of Power commissioned the facility in Nasarawa on Thursday, in collaboration with the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), PowerGen Renewable Energy, (the Project Developer) and Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria, the Federal Government’s implementing Agency.

EnergyDay gathered that the project is Nigeria’s first interconnected hybrid solar mini-grid plant, and it combines solar panels of 352.24kWp, a battery capacity of 972kWh, and a diesel-powered generator, will supply power to 141 commercial entities, 45 public institutions, 16 productive businesses and 1,798 residential homes.

Chief Adelabu in his remark stated that the off-grid power project is part of the deliberate focus of the present administration to improve the standard of living and wellbeing of rural communities across the country through electricity.

 

According to him, it is a significant stride towards fulfilling the government’s goal of universal electricity access by 2030.

 

The Minister said that mini-grids in unserved and underserved communities would boost economic activities for small businesses and small-holder farmers across the country.

 

 

He said, “The mini-grid is therefore, a beacon of hope and a living proof of our commitment to reinvigorate the power sector, as it symbolizes our pledge to provide affordable energy to our rural communities and empower our citizens, regardless of their economic status.

 

 

“As today’s milestone propels us forward, we cannot fail to identify the numerous potentials ahead of this community and ahead of us as a nation.  We have, by this historic launch, opened a pathway to economic growth and prosperity of the beneficiary communities, as part of the President’s desire to improve the wellbeing of Nigerians.

 

 

“This mini grid is for you, the good people of Toto and the government of Nasarawa State. I congratulate you on this symbol of progress and vessel for a brighter future.

 

 

Engr. Ahmad Salihijo, Managing Director, REA, in his remark, stated that the 352.24Kwp power project is one of the nation’s largest inter-connected mini-grids, marking another milestone in Nigeria’s energy sector.

 

 

According to him, the REANigeria delightfully celebrated with the Toto Community, Nasarawa State, which is now relieved from energy poverty.

 

 

He said, “The successful completion of this project is another testament to the power of strategic, inter-sectoral collaboration. At the REA, we continue to witness the strength of collaborations in the nation’s off-grid space.

 

 

“I would like to align with the Honourable Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, that “power has no color” and it is the right of every Nigerian to have access to electricity irrespective of where they live. Therefore, stakeholders with diverse mandates must continue to collaborate and explore innovative ways to deliver sustainable energy for all.

 

 

With the collaboration between the Abuja DisCo, and PowerGen_RE (the Project Developer), REAN has once again shown what can be achieved through the power of synergy and strategic partnerships. Equally, with over 100 mini-grids so far deployed through the World Bank Performance-Based Grant under the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP), we have confidence in this model.

 

 

“The current trajectory of the energy sector must be optimized fully. President Bola Tinubu has set us on a commendable growth path through the passage of the 2023 Electricity Act. With the passion, vision, and foresight of the Minister of Power, we will continue to deliver on our mandate.

 

 

We were particularly excited speaking with some of the beneficiaries in the community and learning of the transformative impact of this project. From a reduction in cost of production to an increase in profit.

 

 

“From the elimination of carbon-emitting generating-sets to the positive impact on lives and livelihood. 141 commercial users benefitting. 18 Productive Users and 45 Public Users optimizing the benefits of this project. 2000 households were impacted. 180k Nigerians now impacted through this project,” the Managing Director, REA, said. 

 

 

Engr. Salihijo therefore emphasised that REAN’s goal is to continue to power Nigeria, one community at a time. 

 

 

Mr. Christopher Ezeafulukwe, AEDC MD/CEO, was represented by Barr. Jumoke Delano, Head of Regulatory and Government Relations, in his remark, highlighted the socioeconomic benefits to the community and all stakeholders.

 

 

Seun Edun, Managing Director of PowerGen, said that the iconic power project, the first interconnected mini grid in Nigeria, was facilitated through the vision of the Federal Government with the support of the World Bank.