REA, others provide 100KWP solar power in Kaduna market

REA, others provide 100KWP solar power in Kaduna market

The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has partnered with Blue Camel Energy in providing 100 Kilowatts Peak solar hybrid mini-grid power at Kasuwan Magani market in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.


Engr. Ahmad Salihijo, the Managing Director of REA, on the side-lines of the inauguration of the market on Thursday in Kaduna, said that the power grid was funded by the Rural Electrification Fund (REF) and Blue Camel Energy.


Blue Camel Energy is an Abuja-based renewable energy and power back-up solution company.


Salihijo, who was represented by Dr Sanusi Ohiare, the Executive Director, REF, said that the solar project was aimed at supplying electricity to the market with about 580 shops.


“The project will also provide constant and reliable electricity to one commercial bank, a police station and a fire service station.


“In comparison with other sources of energy, solar power is clean, renewable energy that is also safe and reliable,” he said.


Salihijo said that the provision of the solar power would keep everybody busy with their businesses in the market, which, he noted, had a history of violent clashes.


“It also symbolises peace, as it would enable people from different places to come and invest here.

“The REA is already executing projects aimed at providing similar solar power to other markets, rural households, communities, businesses, learning institutions and hospitals across the country,” he said.


Salihijo, however, assured that the solar system was decentralised and fully automated, as it would trip off whenever it detected any danger so as to avert fire outbreaks.


He also pledged the commitment of REA to improving the people’s access to reliable electric power supply in served and underserved areas across the country.


Also speaking, Mr Suleiman Yusuf, the Managing Director of Blue Camel Energy, lamented that Nigeria had been struggling to attain stable power supply for more than 30 years.


“For businesses to strive, power is very important; pollution and green environment is another key reason why we focus on renewable energy, rather than the conventional diesel-powered source of energy.


“We have a 15-year-partnership sustainability plan for this project and after that, depending on what technologies are available and where this takes us, probably it will be reviewed again,’’ Yusuf said.


The inauguration of the solar power system was part of programmes lined up for the sixth Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit (KadInvest 6.0), which has “Towards a Sustainable Knowledge Based Economy” as its theme.


Kasuwan Magani, an ultra-modern market built by the Kaduna State Government, was inaugurated by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo.

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