NDPHC to Provide Solar Power to 20,000 Rural Homes & 1,073 Boreholes
The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) has commenced providing Solar power solutions for 20,000 homes in several rural communities in the Northern part of the country. The project is also to provide solar power for 1,073 boreholes across same communities.
At the launch of SHS Project in Wuna, Abuja, where the first phase of 200 homes were connected, the Managing Director/CEO, NDPHC, Mr. Chiedu Ugbo, said: “With the Solar-Home-System initiative, NDPHC will be actively involved in the process of bringing power to rural communities, thereby stimulating social and economic activities in the rural communities located off the grid.”
“To vigorously drive this initiative, NDPHC engaged Azuri Technologies Group/Azuri Solar Power Nigeria Limited in July 2016. They are to ensure that the first phase of the initiative is achieved within 12 months.”
Ugbo stated that the solar project was also directed at re-activating 1,073 solar powered boreholes. “Already two of these boreholes are in Wuna Community are the first to be repaired and have provided access to clean water for the community. Villagers in Wuna can now make more efficient use of their time rather than spending hours operating manual pumps,” he said.
Wuna community, with an estimated population of 800 people, predominantly hosts farmers without access to electricity grid. Before now, they spent money on torchlights, candles, kerosene lamps and generators.
The NDPHC boss highlighted the achievements of the company, which include the expansion of 36 Transmission Company of Nigeria’s 330kV and 132kV substations across the country and the construction of 1,635Km of 330kv Double Circuit lines; 720km of 132kV Double Circuit lines; 10 new 330kV substations, seven new 132Kv substations, 6,150MVA of 330/132kv transformation capacity, 2,800MVA of 132/33kV transformation capacity; and the provision of over 25,000 complete self protection (CSP) transformers.
It would be recalled that the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, inaugurated the 12-circuit Ikot-Ekpene 330KVA Switching Station and the associated transmissions lines with about 285km completed by the new management in November last year.