The United States energy project adds 30,000 new solar connections in Nigeria


The U.S energy project known as “Power
Africa’’ has added 30,000 new solar
connections in Nigeria.

The U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart
Symington said in a statement in Abuja on
Monday.

U.S. through its Overseas Private Investment
Corporation (OPIC) had in 2016 signed an
agreement with Lumos, an off-grid electricity
provider to enhance provision of solar
electricity to homes and small businesses
throughout Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports
that Lumos was also a recipient of catalytic
funding through OPIC and the Africa Clean
Energy Finance initiative, a partner with the
U.S. State Department.

The funding provided crucial start-up capital
for 30 innovative clean energy projects
across 10 African countries.

The envoy, accompanied by the Director,
United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) Mission, Mr Michael
Harvey, had during a visit to customers of
Lumos in Abuja stressed the need to expand
electricity access in Nigeria.

According to him, the visit is a fact finding
assessment as USAID works with partners to
grow the programme.

“With market intelligence provided by USAID
and financing provided by OPIC, Lumos has
added 30,000 new solar connections in
Nigeria since the beginning of the
partnership,” he said.

Symington, who also visited Beam Clinic and
Maternity Centre, Trinity Clinic, and selected
retailers, said his visit was to better
understand how access to solar energy had
improved their businesses and service
delivery.

The ambassador stressed the need to expand
on and off grid access to energy to enhance
business activities.

“Expanding both on and off grid access to
energy will not only help individuals and
businesses, but will help overcome some of
the obstacles to Nigeria being able to fulfill its
full economic potential.

“I met a number of people today whose lives
have been profoundly changed by access to
efficient and reliable energy.

“And I am excited to see this ongoing
partnership expand to ensure greater access
to solar energy throughout Nigeria,” he said.

NAN reports that to date, “Power Africa’’, has
mobilised 40 billion dollars in private sector
commitments in order to increase access to
electricity through both on and off grid
generation and distribution projects across
sub-Saharan Africa. 

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