The Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) facilitated the supply and installation of six power cabins in six coastal communities in Ondo and Delta states.
Through its Energy Access Program, PIND worked with private clean energy providers and community associations to facilitate 20kW and 21.06kW power cabins that would provide reliable electricity to businesses and households. communities.
PIND’s energy access director, Teslim Giwa, said the program started at the end of the five-year Appropriate Technology Appropriate Development (ATED) program.
âMany communities have never been connected to the grid and many of them are located on the outskirts of the coast. People have lived in the communities for years without electricity, âhe said.
Over 85 million Nigerians do not have access to the electricity grid, according to the World Bank, representing 43% of the country’s population and making Nigeria the country with the largest energy access deficit in the world .
The World Bank has revealed that the lack of electricity supply has significantly affected citizens and businesses, resulting in annual economic losses estimated at $ 26.2 billion (10.1 trillion naira), which equates to about 2 % of GDP.
âWe have been successful in convincing communities to adopt the new solar system to generate electricity in their communities,â said Giwa.
Several businesses such as restaurants, smoking kitchens, hair salons, retail stores, tailoring stores, butchers, micro-hotels, fishing tackle stores, boat parts retailers, Pharmacies, local booking agencies and mobile money kiosks are some of the companies that have benefited from the energy booths.
PIND Deputy Executive Director Tunji Idowu said the energy booths would enable businesses to earn more income, adding that communities can sell solar power competitively to a variety of small and micro businesses in these areas. rural areas.
âAs access to energy is arguably the holy grail of development, the facilities enable a diverse group of beneficiaries in communities to meet basic energy needs and productive uses of energy at the household level and rural businesses. These will allow these typically agrarian and fishing communities to benefit from direct added value to fish and agricultural products, while new service industries are likely to emerge.
Pa Malo Felix, Olaja d’Ogheye, one of the beneficiary communities, was grateful for the installation of the solar powered cabin in his community.
âWe love it and we appreciate it,â he said. âBefore solar came in, we had generators in this community, but due to the state of the fuel, we couldn’t power the generators. Solar is with us and what we are doing is recharging solar. We really like solar here, and we would like solar to stay. I therefore thank the people who brought this sunglasses to the community.
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