By Daniels Nwokike, The Sight News
Abuja-The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), has said that despite the endless challenges the power sector faces, the Federal Government’s efforts in the recovery of the power sector are unwavering.
The Minister who disclosed this on Tuesday while commissioning a 100kWp hybrid solar PV plant at House on the Rock (HOTR) Church in Abuja , stated that the journey to incremental and steady power supply in the country is on the right path.
According to him, “This project sits very well with all of the policies that we have initiated under the economic recovery and growth plan. Power and energy supply is one of the five urgent actions that President Buhari has challenged us to deliver upon”.
Fashola further said that the Federal Government is doing everything in its power to exploit the different energy mix that is presently available in the country to provide not just steady power but sufficient energy.
Earlier, the metropolitan and senior pastor of all House on the Rock Churches worldwide, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, speaking through his representative, Pastor Edbert Abebe, said that the 100kWp solar installation will be providing the complex with energy equivalent to what a 130kVa generator would provide.
Also, the Chief Executive Officer of Protergia, Ayodeji O’Deji, the company which designed and installed the solar powered system, enlightened the audience on the importance and advantages of clean and renewable source of energy.
O’Deji reiterated that the benefit of clean energy, far outweighs the cost, both biological and economy-wise, of running and maintaining other forms of energy, adding that the electron generated by the electricity distribution companies are equivalent to what is obtainable in solar energy.
The installation which is the largest rooftop solar PV and the second largest solar deployment in Nigeria at the moment, is designed to supply the church and its complex with about 150,000kwh of electricity, powering its entire weekly activities while reducing the load on its generators and the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) grid.