The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is actively involved in supporting the deployment of mini-grids across rural Nigeria. In 2016, the REA embarked on 8 pilot projects in the six (6) geo-political zones in the country. These mini-grids are at varying stages of completion, and lessons learnt are being gathered to understand some of the constraints and key factors that are encountered during construction, operation and maintenance of mini-grids. These vary from site selection, environmental and social impact and site terrain to operation and maintenance requirements for different locations that have different climates and topography.  

    In addition to the pilot mini grid projects, the REA is engaging with the private sector in a bid to harmonize the growth of the market and ensure the rapid and sustainable deployment of mini grids across the country. The REA is influencing the off-grid energy space with the following activities:  

Supporting access to finance through the Rural Electrification Fund (REF) , which will provide capital subsidies to cover the capital costs of mini-grid developers. The REA is also working with key donor organisations to support private sector with access to finance, these include but are not limited to the World Bank Group, AfDB and All On.

The REA aims to streamline information around regulations that cut across multiple government agencies. These include support to investors in acquiring necessary permits and approvals & documentation required for mini-grid development.

The REA is working on developing a reliable database of  viable potential mini-grid sites that  potential investors may gain access to, in order to plan their mini-grid deployment. Pre-feasibility studies and detailed data collection will be carried out on all the sites to provide potential investors with the right type of market data required before a decision is taken concerning investment in these communities

The Agency has deployed solar mini-grids to isolated communities in each of the six geopolitical zones in line with the paradigm shift from grid extension to renewable energy generation. .

For instance, the project image below is 16KW Solar Panels at Ngodo, Umudum in Isuochi in Abia State