The programme is in pursuit of the Federal Government’s Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP).
That programme provides N140 billion in concessionary financing from the Central Bank of Nigeria and Commercial Banks for off-grid developers.
The event marks the inauguration of 100,000 connections through a commercial partnership between A-Solar, a local developer, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), and Sterling Bank.
The Jangefe community in Jigawa will be the first location covered by the A-Solar company and will have 1,000 Solar Home Systems installed across the community covering about 5,000 citizens.
Jangefe community is in Roni Local Government Area in Kazaure Emirate of Jigawa.
Jangefe is a rural farming community that uses the water bodies around the area for all year farming.
A-Solar leveraged the Roni LGA and Kazaure Emirate Council to do mass sensitisation for an understanding of the usage of the system and payment mechanisms.
Through a World Bank and REA programme called the Nigerian Electrification Programme (NEP), each connection under the Solar Power Naja programme would receive a 20 per cent rebate for the developer.
It will, therefore, allow the rates charged to consumers to be reduced by the same amount. (NAN)