Election, others may hamper off-grid power plans – All On

The 2019 electioneering fever, funding and poor grid facilities may hinder the country from realising its goals of improving electricity through off-grid means, All On has said in its report.

The report said the country’s target of providing 2,000 megawatts (Mw) of electricity through small hydro projects and 500 Mw through solar are ambitious and not in consonance with the prevailing conditions in the country. Others are 400 Mw through biomass and 40 Mw through wind by 2025. The report said the targets, as outlined in the 2013 revised Renewable Energy Master Plan, are good, but is not feasible in the light of what is happening in the country.

‘’The Ministry of Power and the Renewable Energy Agency (REA) have launched mini-grid pilots. However, its not clear whether the Ministry of Power and the Renewable Energy Agency have the right traction to roll out such programmes at scale, especially with the election period coming up. Also, the agency has presented itself as bureaucratic and as a result, it might struggle to deliver the mandate. Failure of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Ministry of Power to provide incentives attractive for people that are investing projects in off-grid, will also hinder projects in the sector,’’ the report said.

Source: The Nation

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