By Nkiru Njemanze
In renewed efforts to close the electricity gap and provide reliable and renewable energy, the Rural Electrification Agency, REA, has commissioned Nigeria’s first Interconnected Solar Hybrid Mini-Grid in Toto community of Nasarawa State.
The interconnected Solar Hybrid Mini-Grid developed by Power Gen is from the World Bank funded performance based grant, developed to provide reliable electricity to improve socio- economic activities in rural communities.
At the occasion, the Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu said the 352 kilowatts Mini-Grid project was a proof of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s commitment to reinvigorate the power sector.
The Minister of Power said the project not only reflects the present administration’s dedication to renewable energy but also sets a benchmark for the integration of the Mini-Grid with the national power infrastructure.
He urged other developers to key into the alternative source of power generation to bring electricity to underserved areas.
The country Director of Power Gen, Mr Seun Edun said they will continue to improve energy access in Nigeria through interconnected mini grids.
Mr Edun disclosed that Power gen would also be investing over a hundred million dollars to develop up to hundred mega watts of distributed renewable energy systems across Nigeria between 2024 to 2025.
The Managing Director, Rural Electrification Agency, Mr Ahmad Salihijoh Ahmad noted that the successful completion of the Toto power project was a testament to the power of partnership and innovation in driving rural electrification in Nigeria.
Mr Ahmad said the rural electrification agency is committed to fostering an environment that encourages similar sustainable and impactful projects nation wide.
Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Safiya Wada