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REA lights up Kebbi State with 98.8KW solar hybrid mini grid power plant

The Federal Government through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), inaugurated a 98.8KW solar hybrid mini grid power plant at Kare-Dadin Kowa, in Kebbi State, saying this is part of its commitment to providing equitable access to electricity across regions in Nigeria.

Kare-Dadin Kowa is a small riverine community in Argungun Local Government Area of Kebbi State, which is said to have a total population of about 3,180 people, whose major vocations are agriculture and fishing.

Details made available by the federal agency in a statement, the newly inaugurated solar hybrid mini grid system would provide clean energy to 483 residential buildings, 82 commercial buildings and serve over 3,000 inhabitants of Kare-Dadin Kowa.

Delivery specification showed that a total of 565 high grid solar panels had been installed to power homes, businesses, places of worship, schools and health centres among others.

REA said the scheme is part of implementing the Federal Government’s power programme for the unserved and underserved communities.

REA said the scheme is designed by the government to among others, provide equitable access to electricity across Nigeria to maximize the economic, social and environmental benefits of rural electrification grants; to promote off-grid electrification, and stimulate innovative approaches to rural electrification.

The project, which came on a strategic Public Private Partnership model, would in its first phase energise 12 communities and deploy 19,000 solar home systems.