- The African Mini Grid Programme (AMP) has been launched in Nigeria. Supported by several development partners, this regional green mini-grid electrification programme will be implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) of Nigeria.
- The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will provide technical assistance for the deployment of solar mini-grids through the creation of an enabling environment for private investors.
The Federal Government of Nigeria intends to use the GPA to provide access to electricity to 70,063 people, including 34,559 women. The deployment of AMP will reduce emissions by 74,200 tonnes of CO2 equivalent over the next four years in Nigeria. “The African Mini-Grid Programme will serve as a further catalyst for improving access to sustainable energy and equitable and inclusive impact on livelihoods by unlocking the agricultural value-added opportunities of electrification,” says Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, REA’s chief executive.
GPA is also being implemented in 20 other African countries, including Burkina Faso, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, eSwatini, Malawi, Somalia, Sudan, Madagascar, etc. The programme is supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Author: Bryan Groenendaal