ENGIE Energy Access, a leading provider of solar homes systems and mini-grid solutions in Nigeria announced the milestone of connecting 50,000 households to solar power and in turn impacting 250,000 lives across the country.
In addition to this important milestone, the company also recently extended its partnership with the Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria (REA) via an addendum to the existing output-based fund (OBF) agreement, which provides grant subsidies to make electricity products more affordable for those who need it the most.
The grant is provided under REA’s Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP), a Federal Government initiative driven by private sector and seeks to provide electricity access to households, micro, small and medium enterprises in off-grid communities, tertiary institutions and healthcare facilities across the country through renewable energy sources.
“Reaching this milestone is an incredible accomplishment for our team, and evidence of not just hard work, but our commitment to bringing clean, affordable energy to those without electricity access across Nigeria,” said Bankole Cardoso, Managing Director of ENGIE Energy Access Nigeria. “I am especially proud that despite the harsh economic conditions in the country today, we are still able to impact over 250,000 lives by providing an on-grid experience with lights, TVs, radios, fans and even the opportunity for our business customers to earn additional income. We are also grateful to the REA for the opportunity to extend our partnership, which will contribute to impacting many more lives as we work to bridge the energy gap in Nigeria.”
“We are happy to be extending our partnership with ENGIE Energy Access Nigeria to continue the great work they are doing in supporting the Government towards providing unserved Nigerians with electricity access,” said Anita Otubu, Head of the Project Management Unit of the Nigeria Electrification Project. “Since the inception of this project, ENGIE Energy Access has been the biggest beneficiary of the grant under the OBF subcomponent of the Solar Home Systems Component, which shows the level of impact the company is making on the lives of Nigerians by bridging the electrification gap. We are always happy to support them towards Nigeria’s collective universal electrification objective”, she concluded.
Cardoso is optimistic about the company’s future accomplishments, “Our mission is to deliver life-changing services to our customers and this milestone is just the beginning, we are determined to work harder to impact many more lives across Nigeria.”
ENGIE Energy Access is a division of ENGIE, a global reference in low-carbon energy and services. Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s lowest energy access rate – with over half of its people unconnected. Solving this growing problem requires grand-scale innovation and this is what ENGIE Energy Access offers. As a leading Pay-As-You-Go and mini-grids solutions provider in Africa, ENGIE Energy Access’ mission is to deliver affordable, reliable and sustainable energy solutions and life-changing services with exceptional customer experience.