Power Crisis: Expert Canvasses Use Of Mini Grids
An energy expert, Okenwa Anayo, has canvassed the construction of more mini grids across the country as part of measures to address the power crisis.
Nas, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Nayo Tropical Technology Ltd, stated that grid projects such as Makoloki mini grid will help to solve the country’s power problems.
“Mini grid is one of many solutions that will help solve the complex power problem in Nigeria.
“They are considered as quick wins and the low line foots to tackle the energy access gap in the country,” Nas said while speaking on the issue of innovative collaboration for rural electrification on Naija FM.
Makoloki, a rural community in Ogun, was recently energised through Nigeria’s first rural commercial mini grid, an
initiative of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), and Nayo Tropical Technology with the support of the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA).
Anayo stated that the Makoloki mini-grip was used to power many small and medium enterprises and businesses in the semi-urban area.
The SMEs and small businesses, he noted, are engine room of the economy which need to be electrified.
“Using a modular design approach, the solar-hybrid mini grid will provide 100kw of electricity for an estimated peak load of 88kw, with an expansion plan in place for anticipated load growth as well as power 230 households and over 60 commercial and public enterprises, including the local health centre.
“Over 60 per cent of Nigerians live in urban areas due to rural-urban migration. If we can de-bundle these towns and locations one after the other, it will start untangling the system to get results,” Anayo said.