Bright Days Ahead: Federal Government Powers Up Rubochi Town with Solar Mini-Grid


Bright Days Ahead: Federal Government Powers Up Rubochi Town with Solar Mini-Grid

In a groundbreaking initiative, the Federal Government has commenced the construction of a 900kWp solar mini-grid in Rubochi town.

Located in the Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). This significant development.

Part of the Korean Energy Project facilitated by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), marks a transformative step forward after a decade-long absence of electricity in the area.

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Representing the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, Assistant Director Engr Samuel Ayangeor emphasized the project's potential to uplift the socio-economic status of the community.

Adelabu highlighted the pervasive issue of energy poverty across nations.

Underlining Nigeria's unique journey through various phases to address challenges within the energy sector.

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The project is set to deliver a substantial boost, adding 1.6MWp and 3.0MWhr capacity.

To energize approximately 7,300 residential and commercial homes in Rubochi and neighboring areas.

This infusion of power is expected not only to illuminate homes but also to catalyze positive changes in the lives of the residents.

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Adelabu also stressed the importance of a cultural shift accompanying off-grid electrification.

Achieved through deliberate sensitization of beneficiaries and stakeholders.

This approach aims to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the benefits of sustainable energy sources among the local population.

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Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, the Managing Director of REA, emphasized the profound health and economic impacts.

Suffered by rural communities relying on non-renewable or polluting energy sources.

He highlighted the significance of growing the market for lower impact energy technologies as a crucial step toward equitable and cleaner development.

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Recalling the pivotal moment on June 16, 2022, when the Federal Government officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Korean Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT).

Ahmad shared details about the four mini-grids planned within the FCT.

Among them is the Rubochi Interconnected Minigrid, boasting a total capacity of 900kWp divided into three fractions.

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As construction commences, Rubochi town stands at the cusp of a brighter future, with the promise of improved living standards, economic opportunities, and a cleaner, sustainable environment.

The solar mini-grid project not only illuminates homes but symbolizes a beacon of progress.

A testament to the commitment to address energy challenges and drive positive change in communities that have long awaited the power to light up their lives.

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