.Groundbreaking 100kWp isolated mini-grid at bottom hill, Obanliku
The Federal Government has commissioned the 60kWp solar hybrid mini-grid power plant in Obudu Ranch Resort of Cross River State as well as ground breaking of 100kwp isolated mini-grid at bottom hill community in Obanliku Local Government area of the state.
Speaking at the commissioning, Minister of State for Power, Goddy Jedy-Agba, said the Ministry of Power would continue to work to provide the needed support for the implementation of all Federal Government’s policies in the diversification of the energy sector, stressing that the commissioning of the project is coming at the right time to a community that would equally value it and made the best of it as it deliberately designed to serve the needs of this community.
“I am, therefore, thrilled that our drive has led us to this great event. It is glaring that the capital appropriation is being put into good use.
He noted that it obvious that renewable energy plays a critical role in accelerating energy access across the nation adding that the plan is to continue to do all it takes to ensure that Nigeria’s massive renewable energy resources are Efficiently Utilized To Energize Communities, Schools, Hospitals And Businesses Across Nigeria.
Chief Executive Officer, Rural Electrification Agency (REA) Engr. Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, described the project and others as testaments of the Federal Government’s resolve to improve energy infrastructure across Nigeria, especially in unserved and underserved communities.
“This project has been successfully deployed under Capital Appropriation of the Federal Government of Nigeria. It might interest you to know that such projects, as planned by the Federal Government, are being deployed across all the zones of our great nation. Also it’s our deliberate plan to continue our job of powering Nigeria, one community at a time as mandated by the Federal Government, more communities will be energized across the country under the different REA programmes in the coming months, just as we have commissioned several projects in the first quarter of 2021”.
Ahmad noted that it is evident that government intervention in off-grid communities is key to accelerating true national development.
“With the continued guidance of the Federal Ministry of Power as well as that of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, we will continue to lift up remote communities across the nation through the provision of clean, safe and reliable energy”.
He urged the the Management of the Obudu Ranch as well as the people of the community to optimize government’s intervention and leverage the availability of clean, safe and reliable energy for impact and growth.
“Only when used productively and sustainably will the community witness the full impact of energy. Therefore, in partnership with private developers and local REUCS, there would be a token to be charged to allow for operations and maintenance of this project, and allow for sustainability”.