DisCos seek energy mix to address power challenges
Mupwaya, whose company is currently deploying renewable energy options across targeted areas, was certain that relying absolutely on the national grid alone, may not bring desired objectives to the electricity situation in Nigeria.
“In terms of electricity access, technology has evolved to a level where we must augment different opportunities to reach 100 per cent supply,” he said.
While the nation’s power sector has remained stagnant with power supply averaging 3,000 megawatts for decades, the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), the umbrella body of 10 DISCos, said over 100 electricity grid collapses has occurred since the privatisation of the power sector in 2013,with nine of the collapses recorded in 2019 alone.
“Waiting for grid power improvement may take too long; by taking advantage of technology in some areas, we will have steady supply that will bring total improvement over time,” Mupwaya said while signing an agreement for the provision of uninterrupted power to over 2,000 customers in Abuja.
Just recently, the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) unveiled a $1.06million grant in partnership with the DisCo to provide electricity to underserved communities through the implementation of up to 1,370 solar-powered mini-grids with energy storage systems.
Mupwaya noted that reducing losses was part of the transformation that must greet the power sector.
While the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) moved to review the performance deals of some of the DisCos, Mupwaya said there was need to address commercial, technical and collection losses in the system.
“Performance improvement is a business plan, which you use to improve your business and part of the deliverables is that you must reduce losses and improve sustainability across the value chain,” he said.
He said the recent renewable solution would be a mix of power grid supply with electricity generated from solar Tesla batteries to achieve very high reliability to over 2,000 customers in Wuse market.
“This will be the first interconnected mini-grid in Nigeria and the first interconnected mini-grid that deploys Tesla battery technology in sub-Saharan Africa,” Mupwaya said.
The initiative would be expanded across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) including Idu industrial site, he stated.
Managing Director of GVE, Ifeanyi Orajaka, a partner on the project said the move would be bring revolutionary moment and framework that would transform electricity supply in Nigeria.
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