US Empowers Abuja Communities With $1.06m For Solar Power

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US Empowers Abuja Communities With $1.06m For Solar Power

The United States Government through its US Trade and Development Agency on Friday signed an empowerment grant of $1.06m for the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company to provide power to poor and underserved communities by installing 1,370 solar-powered mini-grids with energy storage systems.

SKYTREND NEWS gathers that the fund would be used to conduct feasibility studies in the franchise areas of the Disco to identify specific opportunities for the different communities in order to provide bankable solutions.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Abuja, the Managing Director, AEDC, Ernest Mupwaya, says the empowerment grant would help in providing uninterrupted power supply to the underserved communities in the Disco’s franchise areas.

The Federal Capital Territory, Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi states are the franchise areas of the Abuja Disco.

Mupwaya says: “We are grateful that the USTDA has committed funding to help the AEDC provide electricity to underserved communities through the implementation of up to 1,370 solar-powered mini-grids with energy storage systems.

“With this support from the USTDA in partnership with Rocky Mountain Institute, we are going to be able to conduct a feasibility study that will identify specific opportunities for different areas so that we can ultimately have bankable solutions, which in turn can facilitate partnerships with other investors.

“This will enable us achieve sustainable overall improvement consistent with our desire to provide quality electricity to our franchise areas.”




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