The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), in partnership with Rocky Mountain Institute, has signed a $1.06m grant with the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) for complimentary mini-grid deployments within the catchment areas of AEDC.
Addressing journalists after the ceremony, Friday in Abuja, the AEDC MD/CEO, Engineer Ernest Mupwaya, said that the grant would enable the company carryout feasibility studies on the catchment areas that need improved electricity supply.
He said: “There is no one solution for us to achieve 100 per cent accessibility and good supply of electricity. There are some areas which are under served, those that are connected to the grid, but are receiving bad quality electricity. There are also other areas where we can easily extend the grid. Other areas are off-plan from our big network, but they can’t wait for many years for the huge resources required to extend the grid. So, in those areas, it makes sense to develop mini grid so that they can start having electricity.