..signs tripartite agreement
By Etuka Sunday
Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has signed agreement for the provision of uninterrupted power to over 2,000 customers of Wuse market.
The tripartite agreement which was signed on Friday with the Green Village Electricity (GVE) and Wuse market authorities was to develop a mini grid solutions for the market.
Speaking at the signing of the agreement in Abuja, the Managing Director, AEDC, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya explained that the supply would include energy mix which are;grid,battery and solar power to meet the demand of the market.
“We are mixing grid power,battery and solar power so the capacity will be sufficient to meet the customers demand.
“The developer is going to install a solar system with batteries the result us that Wuse market will start seeing 24/7 supply at the end of completion and it is going to take between three to four months before completion,” he said.
He noted that the solution is the first interconnected mini grid in the country saying this is in line with the Sustainable Development Goal of achieving electricity for all by 2030.
“ This kind of project is typical in developing countries, we have a grid where you are serving the customers very well and you have peripheral areas where you are under serving them because you need to improve on the infrastructure and investment.
“There are many markets this could be replicated, there are also industrial sites like the Idu where we can have a different configuration so that the industrial area can thrive. In terms of electricity access, technology has evolved to a level where we must augment with different opportunities in other to reach 24/7 supply waiting for grid power improvement may take a while but taking advantage of these technologies and in some areas we have started getting 20/24/7,” he said.
An interconnected minigrid is a power system that receives electricity from both the national grid and an off-grid source for onward power supply to users.
The AEDC further explained that his firm partnered the Rural Electrification Agency of the Federal Government to conduct an energy audit of the market.
Mupwaya said, “Following the completion of the audit, the interconnected minigrid model is currently being developed as a pilot with a developer, Green Village Electricity Projects Limited.
“A total of 341 other sites and several clusters have been profiled for a scale up of deployments. The solution will be developed through three hybrid PV solar systems of 450kWp, 350kWp and 200kWp to serve three distinct segments of the market,” he said.
This was part of the $1.06million USD grant provided by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) in September, 2019.