Nigeria: UK Steps Up Support for Improved Electricity in Nigeria, Others
Abuja — The United Kingdom has set up another funding window to improve electricity access to Nigerians and 14 other African countries, especially vulnerable rural communities and marginalised groups, using clean off-grid solar electricity.
Expected to last for the next four years and funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the programme – Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility (ACE-TAF) was recently launched in Nigeria to catalyse the country’s solar market and enhance access to stand-alone solar among these vulnerable groups.
According to a statement from the ACE-TAF, the programme launch brought together 45 stakeholders from across the energy sector in Nigeria the country.
It stated that in attendance were government representatives from the federal ministries of power, finance, women, youth, and environment, as well as representatives from the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) as well as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
According to the statement, there were also representatives from the off-grid renewable energy industry including donor and development partners, industry associations, investors and financiers, market accelerators and support organisations, and solar companies, adding that the launch came at a time when the Nigerian government embraced off-grid solutions as part of the country’s energy mix to provide reliable energy access for millions of Nigerians.
The statement noted that the ACETAF was designed to follow up on the UK government’s commitments in the DFID Energy Africa Compacts.