SCHNEIDER Electric in partnership with Green Village Electricity, GVE, Projects Limited, Arnergy Solar Limited and Bank of Industry, BoI, have commissioned pilot low-cost, off-grid solar energy solutions in two states in addition to four states across the country. The project, according to the company, is designed to provide 24kw of PV solar based off-grid electricity system to rural communities in six different states of Nigeria (Gombe, Kaduna, Anambra, Delta, Osun and Niger).
The system will supply electricity to around 200 clients (residential and commercial) in each of the communities through a 2km 230VAC, 50Hz mini-grid electricity distribution network. With an average household size of seven, the estimated direct impact of the whole project is about 7,000 people, while an additional 500 people will be impacted indirectly through the cottage businesses and street lighting components also attached to the project.
Schneider Electric in partnership with GVE Projects Limited commissioned the mini-grid solar project in Bisanti, Niger State, and will be partnering with Arnergy Solar Limited for the commissioning of the project in Osun State. Schneider Electric’s Conext (Xantrex) Solar Hybrid solutions were used in these two states.
Following a few years of capacity building, the project has now entered into the implementation phase focusing on the deployment of low-cost, off-grid solar energy solutions for rural communities either as a stand-alone or micro-grid system. The project explores partnerships that will promote the implementation of renewable energy solutions and provide linkages for enterprise development, especially for the un-served and the underserved rural communities in the country.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Walid Sheta, country president, Schneider Electric, Anglophone West Africa, said, “We believe access to energy is a basic human right. We want homes in Nigeria to have access to reliable, safe, efficient, and sustainable energy.”
— Oct 19, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT