The Rural Electricity Agency (REA), has adopted new measures, targeted at delivering power to off grid consumers in different parts of the nation.

Disclosing this at the inauguration of the Sura Independent Power Project, over the weekend in Lagos, Managing Director/CEO of REA, Mrs. Damilola Ogunbiyi, stated: “The REA has developed the Off-Grid Electrification Strategy that includes five key elements.”

She said: “The first is the Energising Education Programme which will provide adequate power supply to 37 federal universities and 7 university teaching hospitals across Nigeria. Currently, construction has begun in 9 federal universities and one university teaching hospital across Nigeria.”

“The second part of the strategy is the Solar Home System Initiative, this is in partnership with the World Bank and aims to provide 1.5 million Nigerian households and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with better and affordable access to electricity services via stand-alone solar home systems which will be provided and maintained by the private sector.”

“The third is the Solar Minigrids Initiative which is also in partnership with the World Bank and aims in the first phase to provide clean, affordable and reliable electricity to 250 off-grid communities that require less than 1 MW per mini grid. The fourth is the Nigeria Energy Database which is an online platform that provides developers, and the public with online visualisation of resources for energy development.”

Adding a fifth, Ogunbiyi said: “The Energising Economies Initiative aspires to increase energy access and economic growth by assisting private sector developers to provide clean, reliable and affordable power to economic clusters, such as markets, shopping complexes and agricultural/industrial clusters.”

Source: Vanguard