Power for All, a global advocacy campaign for distributed renewable energy (DRE) has concluded its training program for state-level policymakers, faith-based institutions, civil society organisations and trade associations on how to use DRE solutions to accelerate the rate of electrification and end energy poverty in their respective states.

Workshops on these were recently held in Awka, Anambra State and Kaduna, and were tagged: “DRE101/X-Learning Workshops,” under the Scaling Off Grid Energy (SOGE) project of Power for All. The SOGE according to a statement from Power for All in Abuja, was designed to work with governments at national and sub-national levels to use DRE to increase electrification rates nationally and within states. It explained that the overall goal of the SOGE was to ensure the federal government’s aim of achieving an electrification rate of 75 per cent nationally by the 2020 would be realised.

According to it, the SOGE Grand Challenge for Development is funded by the Global Development Lab of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Power Africa, but implemented in Nigeria by FHI360 and Power for All, with an intention to provide 20 million households in Sub-Saharan Africa with access to modern, clean and affordable electricity through DRE solutions. It explained that DRE solutions which range from pico-solar solutions and stand-alone solar systems to mini-grids and mobile solar farms, have the advantage of being readily available, affordable, and immediately deployable.

It noted that workshops held in Kaduna and Awka were the conclusion of the first phase of the state-level trainings which held in eight states – Kogi, Enugu, Kano, Oyo, Cross River, Abia, Kaduna and Anambra, from where 400 state-level policymakers across five regions of Nigeria were trained. According to it, the workshops have increased the awareness level of the policymakers regarding DRE solutions as well as increased their options of scaling access to electricity in their domains.

Source: THIS DAY