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Renewvia Energy Corporation, a leading global solar developer, has installed and connected five new communities in the Niger Delta region to its solar-powered, rural electrification mini-grids. With these new connections, Renewvia Solar Nigeria Ltd., the Nigerian subsidiary of Renewvia Energy now serves over 10,000 individuals and businesses in eight communities in the Niger Delta.
The five new communities that benefited from solar hybrid mini-grids include Balep, Bendeghe-Afi, Ekong Anaku, Opu, and Emeroke are located in the states of Akwa Ibom and Cross River. Other communities already connected to Renewvia’s mini-grids are Oloibiri and Akipelia in Bayelsa State and Obokwu Ozuzu in Rivers State, all located in the Niger Delta.
The renewable energy project is Renewvia’s execution of the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP), sponsored by the Nigerian government, through its Rural Electrification Agency (REA). NEP is designed to provide clean, safe, affordable, and reliable electricity, encouraging economic growth through increased productivity and elevating the living standard of the rural population in the Nigeria Delta communities.
Renewvia’s Chief Executive Officer, Trey Jarrad, said the renewable energy provider is driven to build a more sustainable environment and advance social impact opportunities in the regions they operate. The company is helping individuals and small and medium-sized businesses thrive and impact their immediate community.
“We are optimistic that the installed solar hybrid system will continue to positively impact on safety and wellbeing, productivity, gender equality, health and enterprise across these communities,” Jarrad commented.
Renewvia’s existing portfolio and growing mini-grid projects will serve over 350,000 individuals and small businesses in remote areas in Nigeria, offsetting 2800 tons of carbon emissions and creating hundreds of constructions by the year 2024.
Nigeria has set the target of cutting carbon emissions towards net-zero by 2060 as declared in COP 26. Renewvia’s mini-grid projects not only provide Nigeria with access to cleaner, reliable, and affordable energy but also in helping the country actualize its global energy transition.