Nigeria’s national grid has reached a new generation peak of 5375MW, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has revealed. It said this was an increase from the initial 5224 MW attained on 18th December 2017, and in line with the Federal Government’s policy on incremental power. The commission in a statement issued and signed by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mba on Monday in Abuja, said this was the first time the nation’s power grid had generated, transmitted and distributed such quantum of power.
It further disclosed that upgrade of critical transmission infrastructure across the country is ongoing with the commissioning of over 40 power transformers and lines in the last two years and construction of seven new substations. The statement also stressed that unlike before, it is not only focusing on Grid Expansion but also on the quality power. “In that respect, TCN achieved frequency control of between 49.50Hz and 50.50Hz between May 2017 and November 2018 which had not been achieved in the history of Nigeria for the past 20 years. From December to date, TCN equally achieved the best frequency control of between 49.75Hz to 50.25Hz for 85% of the time which is the best ever witnessed in the history of the Nigerian power sector,” it added.
Solar Sister Nigeria Empowers 1,522 Women – Leadership
Solar Sister Nigeria, a social enterprise that helps women to distribute clean energy products to underserved communities across Africa, announced recently that it has empowered 1,522 micro and small businesses in Nigeria from 2013 when it started operations till date. The beneficiaries, currently in about 20 states, have been trained in sales and marketing of solar and renewable energy products. At its annual dinner, held in Abuja recently, to honour of some of its star entrepreneurs, the country manager of Solar Sister Nigeria, Mrs. Olasimbo Sojinrin, said the mission of the company is to provide access to energy where there is none or where five hours of electricity per day is currently not available in the country.
She said: “This is our fifth year in operations in Nigeria and we are pleased that Solar Sister Entrepreneurs (SSEs), 82% of whom are women, have used solar energy products to make life easy for people in the rural areas while building a viable business for themselves in the process. Many of these entrepreneurs have today built businesses worth over N1m.” “We are interested in providing access in areas where energy is a big challenge; where there are less than five hours of electricity supply per day. People in these communities usually resort to lighting their home, using dangerous and harmful fuels like kerosene and candles. Clean energy is a way to mitigate the problem of climate change as well as get people to reap the financial benefits of clean energy in their communities. “Women are our target audience and this is deliberate because women are the managers of energy at home. They are responsible for how the house is lit and how food is cooked and so they are the right drivers of this initiative.”