- The Federal Government of Nigeria, through its Implementing Agency – Rural Electrification Agency (REA), has commissioned a 234kW solar hybrid mini grid power plant in Shimankar.
- Local solar EPC, GVE Projects Limited carried out the installation while All One provided the financing.
GVE Projects Limited Chief Executive Officer, Ifeanyi Orajaka explained that the system is made up of 234kW solar array, 100KVA Diesel Backup generator and 236kWh of Lithium Battery Storage. “It is a thing of pride that GVE, an indigenous Nigerian firm, can be a part of developing Nigeria’s rural areas. Thanks to this project, Nigerian solar developers, like myself, can access these investment opportunities and participate in growing Nigeria’s evolving off-grid sector,” he said.
Shimankar is an agrarian settlement on the banks of River Shimankar in Plateau State, which drains into River Benue at Ibi town in Taraba State. It is the 4th largest community in Shendam Local Government Area with the traditional rulership residing in Miskoom under Maurice Manu Danjuma III.
“We are very proud to have financed this project that enables GVE to bring clean, reliable energy to Shimankar, in line with our mission to increase off grid energy access in Nigeria,” said All On CEO, Wiebe Boer. “This will create thousands of new electricity connections, and we expect to see measurable productivity growth and economic benefits for the community in the near future.”
All On is an independent impact investing company with funding from Shell, and works with partners to increase access to commercial energy products and services for unserved and underserved off-grid energy markets in Nigeria, with a special focus on the Niger Delta. All On invests in off-grid energy solutions spanning solar, wind, hydro, biomass and gas technologies deployed by both foreign and local access-to-energy companies that complement available grid power across Nigeria and help bridge its significant energy gap.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal