The Federal Government said it had concluded arrangements to embark on design and construction of captive hybrid power plants across a total of 15 universities and two Teaching Hospitals in the country.
The Managing Director of Rural Electrification Agency, REA, Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, who disclosed this while speaking at the commissioning of the solar hybrid power project at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, said the programme would be executed under the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP)
This is even as the power sector expert hinted that his agency had secured funding from the World Bank and African Development Bank (AfDB) for the projects’ implementation.
Ahmed confirmed that part implementation of the projects under the Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the Energizing Education Programme led to commissioning of the hybrid solar power plant at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, with installed capacity of 8.25MW.
He explained: “It is worthy to note that the Energizing Education Programme (EEP) is an initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency, REA.
“The EEP was designed to develop off-grid hybrid captive power solutions for the generation and provision of clean and sustainable supply to 37 federal universities and 7 university teaching hospitals across the country.
“The programme was also targeted at rehabilitating existing electricity distribution infrastructure, providing designated street lighting for illumination and safety across campuses, as well as provision of a world class renewable Workshop Training Center for each of the beneficiary institutions”, the REA boss added.