New solar mini grids to improve communities’ productivity – REA

The new solar power mini grids scheduled to be built by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) under the Nigerian Electrification Project (NEP) will provide stable electricity supplies to rural communities in Nigeria and make them economically prosperous, the REA has disclosed.

The REA said the NEP which is a private-sector driven project but supervised by it, would provide clean electricity to homes, businesses, schools, health centres and places of worship of beneficiary communities. REA’s Director of Promotions, Mr. Ayang Ogbe, stated this during a recent consultation meeting with community people at Nselle and Ndo/Nkpanya/Ngo communities in Ikom local government area of Cross River State that the NEP solar mini grid project to be deployed to the communities was an initiative of the federal government to increase electricity access to off grid communities across Nigeria.

According to Ogbe, while private sector operators would be responsible for setting up and running the power systems, communities will only pay for the electricity they use, thus indicating that supplies would be measured with metering devices.
Ogbe, also took out time to enlighten community folks at the sensitisation exercise about REA’s Electricity Users Cooperative Society (EUCS), stating that it was initiated by the REA to galvanise unity for the NEP.

Source: THIS DAY



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