EU, Germany and GVE build solar mini grids in 2 Plateau communities

European Union (EU), Germany and an indigenous renewable energy firm, Green Village Electricity Project Limited have completed and activated two solar mini grid plants with the collective capacity to generate 100 kilowatts of clean electricity on plateau state.

The project is to power two communities – Angwan Rina and Demshin in Shendam local government area of the state.

Up to 2500 people are expected to have access to clean sustainable energy with the completion and commissioning of the projects by Governor. Simon Lalong, in the communities.

The Managing Director of GVE, Mr. Ifeanyi Orajaka, said the two solar mini grids, with 50 kilowatts capacity each, were constructed at the cost of 681,000 euros.

Orajaka explained that the project was done under the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), jointly financed by the European Union and Government of Germany, with 61 percent of the cost sourced from the partners while 39 percent was provided by GVE.

He explained that both communities were predominantly engaged in agriculture and allied services, adding that electricity from the mini grid solar system would be used to process produce from their farms.

According to the projects partners, the Angwan-Rina and Demshin solar mini-grid projects are among six mini grid projects implemented under the NESP.

They explained that altogether, these projects will provide electricity to over 10,000 people across five states of Ogun, Niger, plateau, Sokoto and Cross-River.

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