400 families in Gnami and Pakau communities in Kaduna state have reportedly enjoyed non-stop clean electricity supplied to them by two solar photovoltaic systems worth 90 kilowatts (kW) for about two years now, Nigeria’s power ministry has disclosed.
The ministry stated in Abuja that the systems – a 40kW and 50kW off grid solar mini plants, were installed in Gnami and Pakau respectively by the ministry.
It explained the projects were built under a renewable energy initiative to provide affordable and reliable access to electricity to rural communities in the country, adding that it has made remarkable impacts in the last two years.
Quoting the permanent secretary in the ministry, Mr. Louis Edozien, who was represented by the acting director of the renewable energy department in the ministry, Farauk Yabo, a statement explained they were in line with the government’s effort to improve access to electricity in rural communities that are cut off from electricity supplies from the national grid.
It said the 40kW solar system in Gnami consisted of a generation system; distribution system; house installation system; street light and metering system, which currently supplies nonstop electricity to 100 households.
The 50kW system in Pakau, it noted was a Renewable Energy Micro Utility (REMU) that provides clean power to 300 households. This system, it added operates on a mobile electronic payment system with provision for at least ten business or commercial customers.
It said the wireless pay system which every house is numbered on, creates transparency and openness.