Osinbajo outlines renewable energy plans for Nigeria’s rural communities

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The Federal Government has vowed to render operators of electricity generating sets in rural areas “jobless” by meeting the energy demands of rural communities through sustainable renewable energy solutions, The Guardian reports.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo stated this at the inauguration of the Nigerian Renewable Energy Roundtable on Tuesday in Abuja. According to him, already the government through the Rural Electrification Agency is developing an energy database that will show community locations and energy demand profiles.

Osinbajo narrated how the provision of solar energy to Wuna village in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) rendered the only operator of electricity generating sets jobless. The acting president revealed that 20,000 more homes would be provided with solar electricity systems in the first phase of the sustainable renewable energy solution project of the government.

Osinbajo stated that the plan was to expand the Solar Home System programme to one million households, thereby “creating a few more million jobs’’. He disclosed that the government was also championing the use of mobile money for solar home system payments to provide access to lighting and electric power for small devices.

The acting president also revealed that the government would embark on a broader restructuring of the electricity sector and strive towards achieving a more systematic development power market design especially for renewable energy.