The Benin Electricity and Distribution Company (BEDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Colorado, U.S.A and Rubitec Nigeria Limited to boost electricity supply to rural communities.

The MoU signed in Benin would ensure deployment of mini-grid electricity in its franchise area as a bold step to connect rural communities without electricity supply. The tripartite MoU was signed by the Managing Director, BEDC, Mrs Funke Osibodu, Rubitec boss, Mr Bolade Soremekun and RMI Manager, Mr James Sherwood.

Osibodu said it was part of the move by BEDC to boost power availability to customers in rural communities within its franchise area of Edo, Delta, Ekiti and Ondo. She said based on this, BEDC was expected to facilitate the choosing of locations for mini-grid solar power.

The BEDC boss said while Rubitec would construct solar mini-grid facilities, RMI would provide expertise in developing renewable electrical solutions and advise implementation of a pilot mini-grid in the chosen location.

Osibodu said the initiative was aimed at bridging the service gaps for areas within the company’s network with an existing but poorly supplied or non-functional distribution system or those without an existing distribution system.

Source: The Nation