A “sophisticated and state-of-the-art power utility” system has been presented at a rural village of Pakau on the outskirts of Abuja.
The system, known as the ‘Energy Mini Utility (REMU)’, was on July 22, 2017 presented to an international forum of delegates from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Mr. Louis Edozien, Permanent Secretary in the power arm of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, said during the presentation, “With this project we also wanted to demonstrate that the system can be build by a Nigerian company with equipment sourced here in Nigeria. The only items imported are the specially designed smart meters and the software, which represent only a small fraction of the total budget.”
Edozien, who was represented by Faruk Yusuf Yabo, the Acting Director, Renewable Energy and Rural Power Access, in the ministry, said the project was in line with the ministry’s drive to provide electricity to rural communities.
The Permanent Secretary said the 50KW solar PV renewable energy micro utility presented at Pakau community was providing power to about 300 households.
The REMU facility operates on a mobile electronic payment system with provision for at least 10 business and commercial customers, Edozien stated.
The technology is said to have “the potential to solve one of Nigeria’s most burning structural problems: the migration from rural areas to the cities. Reliable power supply is the necessary condition for solid economic development and creation of wealth.”
REMU was development by US-based Golden Grid Solutions, Inc (GGSI) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Power, works and Housing.