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FG begins 1GW Jigawa solar IPP program for rural electrification

Nigeria’s Rural Electrification Agency is seeking consultants to conduct feasibility studies and develop a masterplan design for the ambitious program, which aims to establish a new energy infrastructure in the state of Jigawa. The program is backed by the African Development Bank.

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) is a multi-donor trust fund administered by the African Development Bank (AfDB), aimed at supporting small- and medium-scale Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) projects in Africa. The SEFA provided a US$1.5 million grant to start the feasibility studies for the program in May.

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REA has issued an expression of interest to seek consultancy companies for the Feasibility Studies and Masterplan Design of a 1 GW rural solar energy electrification program, which the Nigerian Government intends to implement in the city of Gwiwa, Jigawa state, in northern Nigeria. It has one of the country’s highest solar irradiations.

All of the new installed capacity contracted through the program will be injected to the country’s grid, thanks to the construction of a 330 kV or 132 kV line, to be deployed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria.

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