The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to Nigerian company, Community Social Enterprises Limited (CESEL), for a feasibility study supporting the roll-out of 25 solar PV microgrids across Nigeria. Together, the microgrids will produce more than 5 MW.
The study will focus on providing solar energy for rural and peri-urban communities that generally lack reliable access to electricity. The micro-grid systems will operate on a "pay-as-you-go" structure using mobile payments, with production and consumption monitored on a real-time basis. This structure ensure payment and sustainability, as well as provide consistent, reliable power at a lower price than diesel generators.
CESEL selected Renewvia Energy Corp. to conduct the feasibility study. The project presents opportunities for US businesses to make sales in solar PV modules, batteries, electrical equipment, control systems and meters across Nigeria.