ESI AFRICA - The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has revealed its plans to finalise developments on the regulation of mini-grids to boost energy access.

During a nationwide sensitisation on solar power solutions organised by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the United Kingdom’s DFID, NERC’s Deputy General Manager in charge of Renewables, Research and Development, Dr. Haliru Dikko, told ThisDay Live that the object of the regulation was to boost electricity supply in areas without an existing distribution network.

He added that this will extend to include those areas with an existing but poorly electrified or non-functional distribution grid, also known as ‘underserved areas’, Nigeria Today reported.

NERC regulation to attract interest

“We are going to sensitise the general public on the mini-grid regulations. So, the regulation is to encourage investment in renewables such as solar and biomass without restricting anybody," Dikko said.

He added: "It is to encourage investors on off-grid, not only in the main grid so that they can bring power to the rural communities at affordable costs and also protect investors who are going to invest in mini-grid. There is no such regulation in place at the moment."

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