* Over 400 households so far connected with electrification project in Ogbia areas
By Codratus Godson
It is now certain that Nigeria’s national power grid would not serve the 200m population effectively. Now, off-grid power solution has come to stay with federal laws backing the efforts. All On has also emerged as a foremost company pushing for off-grid applications.
All On, a Shell funded Nigeria off-grid impact investor, has committed to $1.2m or N540m support to Renewvia Energy Corporation of the US to begin off-grid electrification project in rural Bayelsa communities.
Renewvia Energy Corporation (a global solar developer) and All On took effective action on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, when they announced a partnership to electrify rural communities un-served by conventional utilities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
The agreement includes a commitment of $1.2 million from All On to enable Renewvia to develop and operate solar mini-grids to bring clean energy, and ultimately spur economic development in the region.
The first two mini-grids were said to have been commissioned and are operating in the villages of Akipelai and Oloibiri to support the surrounding communities. Renewvia’s mini-grid in Oloibiri will power the new Oloibiri Health for Life Medical Center (H4LC) and Knowledge Management Institute, one of the hub health facilities funded by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) under the flagship Oloibiri Health Programme.
The programme is a local government-wide health system strengthening partnership with the Bayelsa State government. It will provide reliable and consistent power at a reasonable cost to enable frontline healthcare workers provide affordable, accessible and quality assured health care to Ogbia communities.
Renewvia Energy Corporation is a top 500 Global Solar Developer headquartered in the Atlanta, Ga. It designs, installs, owns and operates commercial and community solar power systems across three continents and provides a complete range of solar energy solutions including turnkey solar installation, integrated financing and solar consulting services.
The CEO of Renewvia Energy Corporation, Trey Jarrard, said the corporation is thrilled to partner with All On to bring reliable, clean energy to communities who need it most. “We have connected hundreds of households in Akipelai and Oloibiri to our mini-grids, and we expect to see measurable economic benefits for these communities in the near future.”
The solar mini-grids in Akipelai and Oloibiri utilize lithium ion battery storage to provide reliable power throughout non daylight hours and are designed to scale as individual and communal power demand increases, without any financial burden to the community. These mini-grids will immediately help over 400 households and multiple small- and medium-businesses scale activities and drive community-level economic growth.
Speaking, All On CEO, Wiebe Boer, said: “We are happy to announce this partnership in line with our mission to increase off grid energy access to un-served and underserved communities in Nigeria with a focus on the Niger Delta. We are particularly pleased that one of the first mini-grid projects under this partnership is supporting health care providers during this time of crisis.”
All On is indicated as an independent impact investing company, was seeded with funding from Shell, and works with partners to increase access to commercial energy products and services for unserved and underserved off-grid energy markets in Nigeria, with a special focus on the Niger Delta. All On invests in off-grid energy solutions spanning solar, wind, hydro, biomass and gas technologies deployed by both foreign and local access-to-energy companies that complement available grid power across Nigeria and help bridge the significant energy gap.
Meanwhile, All On says it has completed solar energy installations in COVI-19 related facilities in Nigeria.
The independent impact investing company, seeded with funding from Shell which works with partners to increase access to commercial energy, says it has taken up the project as part of its contribution in the fight against the pandemic. .
The Shell-funded impact-investment company says it is pleased to announce the completion of phase 1 of nationwide solar installations at emergency health facilities related to the COVID-19 pandemic response.
The Nigerian off-grid energy impact investment company announced the COVID-19 Solar Relief Fund on March 31, 2020, to be installed via renewable energy companies Auxano, Arnergy, GVE and Lumos to provide solar power for emergency health facilities in support of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in just two months, all installations have been deployed and in use.
Power supply has been a major complaint at most of the isolation centres in Nigeria and this has led to complaints about mosquito bites and other discomforting anomalies. The installation of solar systems is expected to ensure regular supply of power at the centres.