Germany has announced plans to increase power generation in Nigeria by 500 MW through renewable energy. Iner Hommers, Programme Head of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) spoke in Abuja at a presentation for the achievements of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internatonale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) that €33 million had been allocated to execute the second phase of the NESP project to develop renewable energy in Nigeria.
Hommers said that the EU would provide €20 million to the programme, while the German Government, through its Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, would supply €13 million to support it. She said: “The programme will ensure, as part of its schedule, that up to 500 MW of solar photovoltaic capacity would be procured and generated to serve about 100,000 people. It will also provide support to renewable energy operators to scale up their electricity provision.”
She added that the funds would also be used to support Nigeria’s provision of stable data for electrification planning, sustainable on-grid and off-grid electricity, as well as creating an enabling environment for renewable energy and energy efficiency investments. She said that the new financial package would be used in the second phase of the NESP, which covers the period December 2017 to November 2020.