By Nurudeen Adeyemi
Ode-Omi, a community at the border between Lagos and Ogun State has signed a Community Agreement withSolar Nigeria for the People Limited (Solar Nigeria FTP), the Nigerian subsidiary of Solar Philippines to invest about half a million dollars to build Nigeria’s largest rural mini-grid in the community.
According to the Country Director of Solar Nigeria FTP, Tobi Oluwatola, the project when completed will electrify 634 households, seven schools, three hospitals, eight religious organizations, and more than 90 businesses in Ode Omi Community and the project is due to be commissioned in September 2019 and it will supply a peak load of 99kW to the community in its first phase, and up to 500kW in its second phase.
Likewise, the company plans to train and employ more than 50 youth from Ode Omi Community in the construction phase and also employ security personnel from the village as well as empower existing recharge card vendors to make additional revenue from selling prepaid meter credits for the mini-grid in the operations phase. The Ode Omi project is the first out of hundreds to be constructed by the company and the company’s commitment to work with Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to build interconnected mini-grids that will supply many areas in urban centres.