DFID grants to solar firms to benefit 7.7million Nigerians by 2020


The UK Government Department for International Development’s implementation of the Solar Nigeria Programme to improve the welfare outcomes of the currently underserved communities in Lagos state and Northern Nigeria is on course to impact more than 7.7 million Nigerians through the use of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems by 2020, EHJ reports.

It is doing this by making significant financial contributions towards the solar power electrification of homes and public institutions, such as schools and hospitals. The intervention is expected to, by year 2020, ensure improved welfare outcomes for more than 2.8 million people using domestic solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, with 190,000 school pupils and 4.7 million clinic patients benefiting from public institutions with PV systems and will also create more than 3000 jobs for Nigerians.

To date 66.38% or the project budget of £66,062,367 has been spent on grants to companies that manufacture, install, and finance solar energy systems in Nigeria. Some of the international and local companies that have received grants – and that sold or leased solar to 170,000 homes so far – include Lumos, d.light, Awango by Total, LAPO micro finance bank, Arnergy, EMEL, Wandel, and Sosai. More recent recipients of grants include Solar Sister and PAS Bboxx.