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Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa To Enjoy Stable Power Supply — KEDCO



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Kano Electricity Distribution Company has revealed its plan to attain a 24-hour electricity supply within its franchise states of Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa with renewable energy mini-grids.

This is as it rolled out an ambitious plan to build up to 200MW of incremental capacity through 100 mini-grids and embedded generation.

The Company’s Board Chairman, Mr Adamu Gumel, spoke during a tour of one of the mini-grid sites at Zawaciki, Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano State.

In a statement shared on its X handle on Thursday, Gumel stated, “Very soon, you will see these interconnected mini-grids popping up everywhere within our network across Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa States, to augment electricity supply to our valued customers, while we prioritise bulk grid supply to industrial customers”.

The KEDCO Chairman added that key industrial clusters such as Tokarawa and Sharada were being considered for 24-hour supply through embedded generation.

The Zawaciki power plant, he said, was “co-funded by members of KEDCO’s Core Investor Consortium, the World Bank (through the Nigerian Electrification Project with the Rural Electrification Agency) and the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet.”

Gumel added that the $2m interconnected mini-grid includes ”a 1MW interconnected solar-diesel hybrid solar plant; low voltage network revamp and rehabilitation; and metering for 2000+ consumers.”

Also speaking, a representative of the New Core Investor Future Energies Africa and Director on the Board of KEDCO, Mr. Habib Daura, noted that the organisation had signaled the intent to make KEDCO the first “Green DisCo” in Africa, through the usage of embedded solar hybrid power plants, mini-grids among others.

“KEDCO said it plans to execute more mini-grids with a suite of Developers and EPCs to build out 100 interconnected mini-grids in an accelerated time frame,” the statement concluded.

KEDCO, in March 2023, blamed the power outage experienced by its customers at the time on the drop in power supply from the national grid, coupled with faulty transformers and vandalization of the company’s installations, among other challenges.

The Federal Government had in June last year said it increased the deployment of mini-grids to boost power supply in rural communities and help cushion the effect of the recent removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol.

The Rural Electrification Agency said the mini-grids would provide 24/7 electricity in the communities where they were deployed.

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