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Developing Off Grid Electricity Access in Sub Saharan Africa: Formal launch of the ECOWAS ROGEAP project in Nigeria

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The Regional Off Grid Electrical energy Entry Challenge (ROGEAP) formally kicked off actions in Nigeria on Tuesday 19 July 2022, in Abuja. The occasion occurred at a workshop attended by representatives of the ECOWAS Fee, Nigeria’s Ministry of Energy, and stakeholders from the private and non-private sectors together with civil society organisations, NGOs, and industrial banks.

The first two-fold goal of the workshop was to current the brand new construction of ROGEAP to actors involved whereas rallying their lively participation for the success of the venture in Nigeria. In particular phrases, contributors on the workshop mentioned the standing of stand-alone photo voltaic techniques, the institutional and authorized framework for the stand-alone photo voltaic techniques sector in Nigeria, deliberate actions within the context of ROGEAP, involvement of personal companies within the electrification of public buildings and infrastructure, and identification of the technical help wants of key actors in Nigeria.

Individuals on the workshop included representatives of Nigeria’s Ministry of Energy, monetary establishments, technical and monetary associate establishments, the civil society, non-public sector, and the press. The assembly was declared open by Engr Aliyu D Abubakar, Ag Director Renewable and Rural Energy Entry who represented Nigeria’s Minister of Energy. In attendance had been Mr Sylla Elhadji, ROGEAP Principal Advisor who represented Mr Sediko Douka, ECOWAS Commissioner for Infrastructure, Power and Digitalisation.

Talking on behalf of the brand new President of ECOWAS Fee, H.E Omar A. Touray, ROGEAP Principal Advisor and consultant of the Commissioner accountable for Power reiterated the primary aims and objectives of the venture and urged stakeholders in attendance to help the venture’s implementation in Nigeria. “The objective of ECOWAS and its companions, by ROGEAP, is to help Member States arrange an enabling framework for the institution of an off grid photo voltaic power market and broaden accessibility by broader non-public sector participation and funding,” acknowledged Mr Sylla.

Presiding over the session on behalf of the supervising minister, the Ag. Director of Renewable and Rural Energy Entry of Nigeria’s Ministry of Energy recalled that sustainable growth in our Member States was attainable solely by enough energy provide. “Renewable power is obtainable domestically and could also be harnessed for the aim of energy provide. This could minimise dependence on imported fossil fuels, and thus enhance nationwide energy safety, scale back petroleum importation prices and poverty. The concept behind ROGEAP is the supply of such options as will enhance the residing circumstances of our inhabitants,” Engr Abubakar added, earlier than he formally declared the workshop open.

There was a sequence of shows on the workshop notably on nationwide coverage and regulation regarding the off-grid power sector, a progress report on electrification, initiatives and programmes on off grid solar energy techniques in Nigeria. The contributors then cut up into two working teams. The primary group targeted on the theme: “coverage, norms, requirements, and taxation concerning stand-alone photo voltaic merchandise, figuring out institutional obstacles that relate to coverage and laws, proposing pointers for the formulation of norms and requirements for stand-alone solar energy techniques and the introduction of exemption incentives for stand-alone photo voltaic merchandise.”

The second group targeted on the theme: “Non-public companies and monetary establishments, figuring out obstacles to personal funding within the off-grid energy sector (stand-alone solar energy kits), constraints in non-public sector entry to funding from monetary establishments (industrial banks and micro-finance establishments) and technical help wants.”

On the finish of the workshop, a number of suggestions had been made by the contributors: (i) Bettering on the institutional framework of Nigeria’s energy sector by integrating authorized provisions and incentives for off-grid electrical energy, (ii)  introduction of high quality requirements to guard the off-grid power market, (ii) capability constructing of human capital and help for native business growth, and (iv) entry to funding for the non-public sector within the type of lowered rates of interest on loans.

As a reminder, the goal of ROGEAP is to extend entry to sustainable photo voltaic power companies for households, companies, public hospitals, and faculties within the 15 ECOWAS Member States and in 4 different African nations (Mauritania, Central African Republic, Chad, and Cameroon). The USD338.7 million venture is funded by the World Financial institution, Clear Expertise Fund and Netherland Cooperation (DGIS).

Following the Nigeria launch, nationwide workshops to launch ROGEAP will probably be organised within the coming weeks throughout the opposite 18 Member States involved in its implementation.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Financial Group of West African States (ECOWAS).

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