Discos to begin entering partnerships with renewable energy firms on mini-grids

Power distribution companies are entering into partnerships with renewable energy firms for the development of mini-grids to boost the supply of electricity in Nigeria.

According to officials from the Rural Electrification Agency and stakeholders in the renewable energy space, already, they have signed memorandum of understandings for the execution of the projects, adding that the move will reduce the poor power supply situation in communities not energised by the national grid.

Speaking at the breakfast meeting on Financing Off-grid Energy Projects and the inauguration of the Mini-grid Investment Report at the 24th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja on Tuesday, the Chief Executive Officer, Rubitec Solar Nigeria Limited, a renewable energy firm, Bolade Soremekun, stated that interconnected mini-grids were being established by some Discos.

He said, “We signed an MoU with Benin Disco for developing interconnected mini-grids and it took time to educate the Disco and understand what their needs are and how to manage them. It is a territory that has been on concession to them (Discos), so in terms of interconnected mini-grids, we need to work with them.”

“In terms of isolated mini-grids, they need to know that we are doing projects on them and not necessarily for us to get their permission because the NERC (Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission) regulation allows us to do isolated mini-grids.”

Source: The Punch

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