The  German Agency for International Corporation, Abuja (GIZ),  said it  is to implement the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) on behalf of the European Union and the German Government with an overall budget of 24.5 million Euros, Vanguard reports.

GIZ provides advisory services to it Nigerian partners on rural electrification, energy efficiency and renewable energies, and according to GIZ’s Country Director, Thomas Kirsch; the Kainji plant serves as a demonstration of innovative small-scale electrification solutions which is the first renewable energy power plant in Nigeria that combines photovoltaic and wind energy, and is able to operate both off-grid and on-grid.

Kirsch said that the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) aims to improve energy access in rural Nigeria using clean technologies, in collaboration with 5 pilot states (Sokoto, Niger, Ogun, Cross River and Plateau). “Altogether 10 projects for rural electrification will be developed in the pilot states together with private sector project developers. 10,000 people will directly benefit from NESP support” he added.