Nigeria: Two rural communities receive power from solar mini grid facility
The Umon Island Mini grid Project is a 50 kW solar photovoltaic system that has begun supplying electricity to two communities – Umon Island and Bagana Community with a total population estimated to be about 5000 people and both located in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State, southern Nigeria, IWIN reports.
The facility will serve a total of 253 houses in the two communities which include three schools, two primary health care centres, six churches and local businesses. The project is expected to boost commercial activities in the two communities and give them ready access to information.
The project is being implemented to complement the Federal Government policy of increasing access to electricity especially in rural areas to boost economic activities. The technology is carbon neutral, thus helping to mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases.
The Project is supported by the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) of the GIZ and the European Union while the Community Research and Development Centre serves as the Project Developer and Operator. The project was executed in collaboration with the Cross River State Government.