FG lauds so­lar of­f­grid project

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The de­ploy­ment of so­lar power tech­nol­ogy has con­tin­u­ally lit up two com­mu­ni­ties in Kaduna State for the past 24 months.

The two com­mu­ni­ties: Gnami and Pakau, had the so­lar off-grid sys­tem in­stalled for them in 2015 through the Fed­eral Min­istry of Power and Huawei Tech­nolo­gies, a for­eign firm.

The com­mu­ni­ties which are not con­nected to con­ven­tional elec­tric­ity from the na­tional grid have, how­ever, ex­panded ac­cord­ing to ob­ser­va­tions by our re­porter who vis­ited Gnami, along the Bwari (FCT)-Kaduna linkroad a few months ago.

The re­new­able en­ergy projects are pi­lot ef­forts to pro­vide af­ford­able and re­li­able elec­tric­ity to ru­ral dwellers through so­lar power, the spokesper­son of the power sec­tion in the min­istry, Mr. Etore Thomas, said.

The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Power, Mr. Louis Edozien, who was rep­re­sented by the ag. Di­rec­tor, Re­new­able En­ergy in the min­istry, Engr. Fa­rauk Yabo, when del­e­gates from the Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity of West African States (ECOWAS) in­spected the projects, said they had en­er­gised the com­mu­ni­ties that had been off the grid for years.

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