FG aims to exploit vast solar resources

By OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria

LAGOS, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA is poised to capitalize on its tremendous solar energy potential by scaling up the deployment of off-grid generation and minigrid systems. This will ultimately increase access to electricity to millions. The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has made that possible with a grant awarded to the Nigerian company, Community Social Enterprises Limited (CESEL), for a feasibility study supporting the roll-out of 25 solar photovoltaic microgrids. Together, the microgrids will produce more than 5 megawatts (MW). The feasibility study will focus on providing solar energy for rural and peri-urban communities that generally lack reliable access to electricity. CESEL selected the US firm, Renewvia Energy Corporation (Atlanta, GA), to conduct the feasibility study. The project presents opportunities for US businesses to make sales in solar PV modules, batteries, electrical equipment, control systems and meters across Nigeria. “We are proud to connect CESEL with a leading US company on this important project to expand energy access in Nigeria,” said Lida Fitts, USTDA’s Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa. Trey Jarrard, Chief Executive Officer of Renewvia, also welcomed the partnership.

– CAJ News


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