Enterprise Television- Jigawa Gets $1.5 Million for Solar Power Programme
African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved 1.5 million dollars grant to support the implementation of Jigawa State “One Giga Watt (GW) Independent Power Producer (IPP) Solar Procurement Programme’’.
On Wednesday, AfDB in a statement said that the approval confirms the bank is committed to developing renewable energy and increasing energy access on the continent.
It was revealed that the programme will assist the government to achieve its national goals of reaching 75 per cent electricity access by 2020.
AfDB also said provide electricity to unnerved and underserved areas, particularly in northern Nigeria where access rates are lowest. It will also increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix to 30 per cent by 2030.
The bank further explains that the approved grant would also support the completion of outstanding technical and feasibility studies and the design of a master plan for the entire programme site.
However, the bank willingness to provide additional support for the project would be determined by the outcome of the technical and feasibility studies.
Vice-President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, AfDB, Mr Amadou Hott, said the bank’s approval solidifies the Bank’s commitment to Nigeria in resolving its chronic power shortage. He added that it is prior for the bank to deliver a seamless implementation and provide necessary support to the government to conduct an effective IPP procurement process.
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