By Uche Enem & Chioma Nnagbo
As a way of creating awareness on renewable energy, the USAID’s Scaling Off- Grid Energy (SOGE) project took to Anambra State, their learning workshop on how to promote energy market to households and achieve affordable electricity supply.
The workshop which focused on policy makers, community leaders, religious leaders and technical sectors, was held at La Luna Hotel on 16th October, 2018, to help the participants derive and tap from the Power for All initiative. The workshop was also an avenue for households to access a modern, clean and cost effective energy in the country.
The Country Director of Power for All, Nigeria, Ifeoma Malo, gave an overview of Africa’s energy gap and how Africans have been killed because of air pollution emitting from the use of kerosene, lamp, fuel, wood and charcoal. She said that the campaign was aimed at achieving market development and market acceleration, increased communication advocacy and to pave way for human capital and employment in the country. She said that the campaign was a wakeup call for Anambrarians to key into the Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) and to prepare youths for the future.
‘621 million Africans do not have access to electricity, 600,000 Africans are killed every year because of air pollution caused by the use of solid biomass for cooking. 93 million Nigerians are un-electrified, 43% of the population is energy poor, 57% grid-connected but suffering from unreliable access and the un-electrified population has grown from 44 million since 1990’ she stated.
Also speaking, Mark Amaza, Head of Strategic Communications of Power for All, Nigeria, gave a summary of renewable energy and explained why it is clean, effective and affordable. He gave a graphical representation of the Nigeria customers tier and quality in production of energy.
Chibuikem Agdegbu, Nigeria Lead in Market Access Power for All, spoke on mobile tech and payment platforms. He gave an overview of the modular solar farm and how it can be used to run farm business in the country. He listed the 7 business models of DRE as rental, pre-payment, perpetual lease, lease-to-own, pay-as-you-go (PAYG), upfront sales with financial partner and direct cash sales. He also gave a graphical representation of customer’s power and motivation in adopting the DRE approach to energy.
Another instructor, Daramfon Bassey, Nigeria Lead in Civil Society and Sustainability, Power for All, stated the benefits of mini grids in Anambra State. He gave a brief description of the vision, mission and focus of Power for All in Nigeria and in Africa.
Present at the workshop include; the Anambra State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget Development, Mark Okoye; Permanent Secretaries and representatives from various State Ministries, stakeholders, investors, lecturers, principal officers, civil servants, the media and many other individuals. The event was also graced by Solar Sister Energy Solution, Asteven group companies and GV projects who shared their product ideas to the participants. The CEO of GVE projects, Ifeanyi Orajaka, has been identified as the producer of the highest mini grids in Africa.
The workshop was a wakeup call to enlighten and educate Anambrarians on how to eliminate energy poverty and embrace the opportunities of an alternative energy source, ‘Power for All’ which is clean and affordable to people.