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FG, 10 states plan 2,000MW off-grid power

The Federal Government and 10 states are currently working to produce 2,000 megawatts of off-grid electricity through solar energy sources, the Minister of Power, Aliyu Abubakar, announced on Tuesday.

Speaking at the Power Dialogue organised in Abuja by Nextier Power, Abubakar also revealed that Nigeria’s major hydropower plants, Kainji and Jebba, were currently producing only 130MW of electricity to the grid out of their joint installed capacity of about 1,300MW.

He said, “We have policies around renewable sources of energy. We want to maintain them on the mini-grid and off-grid for the simple fact that the grid is not yet stable to take various energy mixes.

“We want to raise our base-load to a level where we can later on integrate these other sources of energy. So this is what we are doing and in that regard, we have some developers that we have just opened discussions with.

“And we have reached a level of financial and technical evaluation with them to develop 14 projects culminating to 1,000MW of solar power. It will be off-grid. Also, about 10 state governors are trying to see to the fruition of about 1,000MW.”

Abubakar added, “They are to produce 100MW each of solar power. And we are also looking at other newer technologies, such as the hydrogen technology, which we are still studying and collaborating with those initiating it.”

The minister said he was recently invited by the German government in Nigeria where partners had a session on hydrogen technology. “They have opened a hydrogen office in Nigeria and so we are still reviewing that,” he stated.

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