President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday that his government is using renewable mini-grids to decentralize the country’s national grid. This is being done to fix the problems with getting electricity to all parts of the country.
In an interview with Bloomberg News, Buhari said this. He also said that his government had set aside 550 million dollars to pay for 20,000 Standalone Solar Systems (SHS) and Solar Hybrid mini-grids in more than 250 places across the country.
dsmedia24 says that Nigeria has had a lot of power outages in the last few weeks because the national grid has broken down.
The situation was also made worse by a rise in the price of diesel, which most homes and businesses use as an alternative energy source. This has caused prices of goods and services to go up.
When asked about plans to fix the collapse of the national grid, the President said, “We’re also making the national grid less centralized by using mini-grids powered by renewable energy.”
“The 550 million dollar Nigeria Electrification Project has put up more than 20,000 Standalone Solar Systems (SHS) and Solar Hybrid mini-grids in more than 250 places.”
Buhari also said that there were hundreds of ongoing projects and plans, such as the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI), which is a project between the governments of Nigeria and Germany and Siemens AG to invest $2 billion to improve the electricity grid.
“Once signed into law, the constitutional amendment bill that just passed through parliament will let state governments make and send their own electricity. This will make it easier for investors to join our market and let states and local businesses send extra electricity to the grid,” Buhari said.