The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has taken a significant step towards expanding energy access in Nigeria with the commissioning of a state-of-the-art energy management system control center and the groundbreaking of two solar mini-grid projects. These milestones were achieved under the Korean Energy Project, a collaboration between REA and the Korean Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT).
The newly commissioned energy management system control center will be able to host all mini-grids in the country, enabling more efficient planning and operation of these distributed energy systems. This will also strengthen REA’s central coordination role in managing the country’s mini-grid network.
In addition to the control center, the Korean Energy Project will also establish four standalone mini-grids with a total capacity of 1.6 MWp and 3.0 MWh in four unelectrified areas around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). These mini-grids will provide clean and reliable electricity to communities that have never had access to it before.
The first of these mini-grids is being constructed in Rubochi Community, Kuje Area Council, Abuja. With a capacity of 900 kWp, this mini-grid will provide electricity to over 5,000 people. The second mini-grid, with a capacity of 100 kWp, is being constructed in Ikwa Ward, Gwagwalada Area Council, Abuja. This mini-grid will provide electricity to over 1,000 people.
These projects are a testament to the Federal Government’s commitment to increasing energy access to unserved and underserved areas across the country. They are also a demonstration of the strong partnership between Nigeria and the Republic of South Korea.
“Collaborations such as these will help bridge the gap between the served and the unserved,” said the Honourable Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu. “It is the belief of the Federal Ministry of Power that these projects will be delivered on time and with the best standard for our people.”
“The milestone achieved under the Korean Energy Project is a testament to our resolve towards collaboration with development partners in delivering our mandate,” said the Managing Director/CEO of REA, Engr. Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad. “The REA is always thrilled with the deployment of sustainable electricity in our communities.”
“The Republic of South Korea has committed the Official Development Assistance fund to support the Nigerian Power Sector, particularly on the development of Solar Mini-grids,” said the Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Kim Young-Chae. “This is because we understand the role of solar power generation on energy access and climate resilience.”
The completion of these projects will bring much-needed electricity to thousands of people in Nigeria and help to improve their quality of life. They will also contribute to the country’s economic development by providing power to businesses and industries.
- The Korean Energy Project is funded by the Korean government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) program.
- The project is being implemented by KIAT and its Korean implementing consortium partners: Iljin Electric, S&D Powernics, Korea Smart Grid Association, and Technology University of Korea.
- The project is expected to be completed in 2024.