The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has signed agreements with Wuse Market Traders Association and Green Village Electricity (GVE) to provide an interconnected mini-grid of 1 megawatt (MW) energy to the market.
The hybrid power solution has a strong battery storage system to consistently power the Small and Medium scale Enterprises (SMEs) in the market, AEDC officials said at the weekend.
Managing Director of AEDC Engr. Ernest Mupwaya said the project is in line with the federal government’s objective to drive SMEs.
He said the project will be a mix of power grid supply with electricity generated from solar Tesla batteries to achieve very high reliability to over 2,000 customers in Wuse market.
“This will be the first interconnected mini-grid in Nigeria and the first interconnected mini-grid that deploys Tesla battery technology in sub-Saharan Africa,” Mupwaya explained.
He also revealed that AEDC has plans to expand the initiative across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) including Idu industrial site.
Managing Director of GVE Mr Ifeanyi Orajaka shortly before the contract was signed, said he was confident that it will bring about revolutionary moment and framework that will transform electricity supply in Nigeria.
Chairman of the traders association Mr Okorie Ikechukwu recalled his experiences with the defunct National Electricity Power Authority (NEPA) and the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) over the outstanding payment owed them and how it was cleared.
“I am proud of the management of AEDC for being magnanimous and bold enough to give GVE its subordinate that will allow development to come into Wuse Market. We will see it fly and will tell the world what is going on in here,” he noted.