The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $1.5 million grant to Jigawa State government, to support the implementation of the state “One Giga Watt (GW) Independent Power Producer (IPP) Solar Procurement Programme’’.
AfDB has stated this in an issued statement on Wednesday, saying that the approval reaffirmed the bank’s commitment to developing renewable energy and increasing energy access on the continent.
The Bank said: “At full one GW capacity, the programme will assist the government to achieve its national goals of reaching 75 per cent electricity access by 2020.
“It will also provide electricity to unserved and underserved areas, particularly in northern Nigeria where access rates are lowest.
“It will also increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix to 30 per cent by 2030.”
Bank’s Vice-President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, Mr Amadou Hott, said: “the approval solidifies the Bank’s commitment to Nigeria in resolving its chronic power shortage’’.
“It is important for us to deliver a seamless implementation and provide necessary support to the government to conduct an effective IPP procurement process.
“An intergovernmental team led by Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria will be the implementation agency for the grant.’’