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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Nigerian company Community Social Enterprises Limited (CESEL). The grant is for a feasibility study supporting the roll-out of 25 solar photovoltaic microgrids across Nigeria. Together, the microgrids will produce more than 5 megawatts.

Solar pv grant in NigeriaThe study will focus on providing solar energy for rural and peri-urban communities that generally lack reliable access to electricity. The microgrid 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 will ensure payment and sustainability, as well as provide consistent, reliable power at a lower price than diesel generators.

“This project will help Nigeria to capitalise on its tremendous solar energy potential by scaling up the deployment of off-grid generation and minigrid systems, ultimately increasing access to electricity,” USTDA said in a statement.

CESEL will be using U.S-based Renewvia Energy Corporation to conduct the feasibility study. “We are proud to connect CESEL with a leading U.S. company on this important project to expand energy access in Nigeria,” Lida Fitts, USTDA's Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa says.

“We're delighted to be selected as technical services partner for this project with CESEL,” Trey Jarrard, CEO of Renewvia,, adds. “We look forward to continuing development of solar microgrids in sub-Saharan Africa, and we're excited to play such an important role in helping to advance Nigeria's support for off-grid power.”

The grant was signed by the U.S. Consul General of Lagos, John Bray, and Dr. Patrick Tolani of CESEL.

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