Policy spotlight: Nigeria & India lead on mini-grids

India has roughly 300 million people without access to electricity, and Nigeria about 100 million. Together, the countries account for some 40% of the world’s total unelectrified population, and that percentage is even higher if you just include rural inhabitants. But the countries are proactively working to address the problem, and both have put forward federal mini-grid policies that offer huge potential for scale. The policies define what a mini-grid is, simplify permitting and perhaps most importantly resolve what happens if/when the grid arrives to an area where a mini-grid has been established. The policies are a critical market signal, offering policy certainty that is still needed across much of Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of South Asia. Our sector stakeholders -- governments, developers, civil society groups, financiers -- have much to learn and emulate. For policy-makers with vision, mini-grids can help achieve the SDGs in a more reliable, clean and affordable manner.
India has roughly 300 million people without access to electricity, and Nigeria about 100 million. NIGERIA Definition: up to 1 MW (2 types: isolated and inter-connected) Issued in May 2017, Nigeria’s mini-grid policy aims to attract more private sector investment in rural electrification and play a major role achieving SDG7…
https://www.powerforall.org/insights/policy/policy-spotlight-nigeria-india-lead-mini-grids

Policymakers in Nigeria’s South South Region Benefit From Workshop on Decentralized Renewable Energy

CALABAR, June 18th, 2018—Power for All, a global advocacy campaign for distributed renewable energy (DRE), conducted two workshops for policymakers, faith-based institutions, civil society organizations and trade associations in the South-South region of Nigeria on how to use DRE solutions to accelerate the rate of electrification and end energy poverty in the region.
Nigeria, June 18th, 2018—Power for All, a global advocacy campaign for distributed renewable energy (DRE), conducted two workshops for policymakers, faith-based institutions, civil society organizations and trade associations in the South South region of Nigeria on how to use DRE solutions to accelerate the rate of electrification and end energy poverty in the region…
https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/news-release-policymakers-nigerias-south-south-region-benefit-workshop-decentralized-renewable-energy

New Markets for Distributed Renewables Opened Up in Nigerian States

For countries with a federal government, policy implementation and change frequently happen at the state level. Nigeria, with 36 states, is no exception. As part of the Scaling Off Grid Energy (SOGE) project, Power for All has kicked off a 6-part workshop series in low energy access states to ensure that decentralized renewable energy (DRE) solutions are fully baked in to local electrification plans.
Nigeria, with 36 states, is no exception. Nigeria by Power for All and FHI360 The Kogi workshop served as the regional cluster for the North-Central region, which is made up of six states: Niger, Kogi, Plateau, Kwara, Nasarawa and Benue; while the Enugu workshop served as the cluster for the South-East region which is made up of 5 states: Enugu, Abia, Imo, Anambra and Ebonyi…
https://www.powerforall.org/insights/policy/new-markets-distributed-renewables-opened-nigerian-states

Campaign Update: February 2018

A partnership between Power Africa, the US Global Development Lab, USAID Nigeria, FHI360 and Power for All launched a decentralized renewable energy (DRE) taskforce in Nigeria to accelerate modern electricity access initiatives. DRE solutions are an important tool for Nigeria to better exploit the full range of its renewable energy resources, especially with delivering energy to remote communities. The partnership was formed under the Scaling Off Grid Energy (SOGE) Grand Challenge for Development, which aims to accelerate growth of DRE solutions and provide 20 million households in sub-Saharan Africa with access to modern, clean and affordable electricity.
Nigeria Electricity Access Taskforce Established A partnership between Power Africa, the US Global Development Lab, USAID Nigeria, FHI360 and Power for All launched a decentralized renewable energy (DRE) taskforce in Nigeria to accelerate modern electricity access initiatives…
https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-updates-february-2018-power-all

Campaigning: 5 Levers for Change

Simple information-sharing—about technologies, business models and proven approaches to building the market—can lead to profound shifts in thinking and practice. Power for All’s Director of National Programs, Charlie Miller, has overseen the launch of national campaigns in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe in the past 12 months. In this article, he shares five examples of how awareness-raising has accelerated decentralized renewable energy (DRE) market growth by creating behavior change.
Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe in the past 12 months. Nigeria has sold 70,000 solar lights to low-income consumers in the last three years…
https://www.powerforall.org/insights/policy/campaigning-5-levers-change

Nigeria: The Next Big Frontier for Rural Electricity Access

Igu, a farming village in Nigeria of about 4000 people, has never had electricity, despite being located in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, just an hour’s drive from the seat of Nigeria's Federal Government, Abuja. For villages like Igu, getting access to energy has until now remained a far-fetched dream.
Nigeria of about 4000 people, has never had electricity, despite being located in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, just an hour’s drive from the seat of Nigeria's Federal Government, Abuja…
https://www.powerforall.org/countries/nigeria/nigeria-next-big-frontier-rural-electricity-access

Catalyzing National Action

Our Call to Action has been executed at the national level in Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Nigeria through bringing together stakeholders to make commitments to accelerate distributed renewable energy (DRE). Here are some highlights from the launch events:
Nigeriathrough bringing together stakeholders to make commitments to accelerate distributed renewable energy (DRE)…
https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/events/catalyzing-national-action

Nigeria Energy Access Taskforce Confronts Tariff Challenge

Nigeria’s Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) Taskforce, which was launched in February to accelerate modern electricity access initiatives, met April 18 to tackle pressing challenges for the DRE sector, including a new tariff on solar panel imports.
Nigeria’s Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) Taskforce, which was launched in February to accelerate modern electricity access initiatives, met April 18 to tackle pressing challenges for the DRE sector, including a new tariff on solar panel imports…
https://www.powerforall.org/countries/nigeria/nigeria-energy-access-taskforce-confronts-tariff-challenge

Generation2030: A Powerful Problem

More than 600 million people in Africa live without electricity, and in just 15 years energy will be needed for another 500 million more as the population soars. Nigeria alone could be home to nearly 1 billion people by 2100, with Africa home to five billion.
Nigeria alone could be home to nearly 1 billion people by 2100, with Africa home to five billion. Nigeria, which provides a vivid example of the challenge this creates for national policy-makers, investors and those who bear the brunt of the energy crisis…
https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/articles/generation2030-powerful-problem

In conversation with Damilola Ogunbiyi, Nigeria Rural Electrification Agency – Power for All

Damilola Ogunbiyi, the managing director of the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA), is responsible for implementing the Nigerian Off Grid Electrification Program and the Nigerian Electrification Project, a $350 million World Bank facility to rapidly increase the deployment of solar mini grids and solar home systems to bring electricity to the country's 80 million people still living without access to power. She is also responsible for the Energizing Education Program, an effort by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) to provide uninterrupted electricity to students at 37 federal universities and seven university teaching hospitals through off-grid captive power plants.
Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA), is responsible for implementing the Nigerian Off Grid Electrification Program and the Nigerian Electrification Project, a $350 million World Bank facility to rapidly increase the deployment of solar mini grids and solar home systems to bring electricity to the country's 80 million people still living without access to power…
https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/interviews/conversation-damilola-ogunbiyi-nigeria-rural-electrification-agency-power-all

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