RURAL ELECTRIFICATION AGENCY (REA)
NOTICE ON UPCOMING CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR RURAL ELECTRIFICATION FUND GRANT AND INVITATION TO STAKEHOLDERS’ WORKSHOP
- The Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA) 2005, Section 88 (11), stipulates that the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) shall set-up and administer the Rural Electrification Fund (REF). section 91 (1)(2)(3) of the EPSRA also mandates the REA, in consolidation with the Minster to;
- Establish objective and transparent criteria for the Geographical Allocation of Resources from the REF as well as transparent procedure for making disbursement, including;
- Establishment of Criteria for Allocation of Resources from REF and
- The Selection Criteria and the Quotation of Disbursement.In compliance with the aforementioned sections of the EPSRA, REA developed the REF Operational Guidelines 2017. In preparing the Guidelines, REA used the following documents as a basis:
- Electric Power Sector Reform Act (2005);
- Rural Electrification Policy Paper (2009);
- Rural Electrification Strategy and Implementation Plan (2016);
- Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) regulations for Mini-Grids 2016
- Other related legislation, policies and regulations as developed by the Federal Government of Nigeria; and
- Wider international experience with REAs/REFs (especially Tanzania, Uganda and Bangladesh), and other rural electrification best practices across the globe.
The REF Operational Guidelines 2017 was approved in October 2017.
In view of the above, the Rural Electrification Fund (REF) is set to provide grants to support public/private partnerships in developing Hybrid Mini-grids, and Solar Home Systems (SHS) across Nigeria, in order to meet the Federal Government of Nigeria’s target of 75% and 90% electricity across in 2020 and 2030 respectively.
To this end the REA would be calling the submission of Expression of Interest in December, 2017. Thus, interested and eligible beneficiaries are invited to attend the Stakeholders’ workshop as scheduled in 4.0.
- Infrastructure Project:
- Grid extension
- Interconnected mini-grid
- Isolated mini-grid
- Isolated Micro/Nano Grids
- Non-Infrastructure Project:
- Stand-alone system, i.e. Solar borne systems and Solar lanterns
- GRANT AMOUNT
Grant amount will be dependent on project cost, size, and need.
4.0 INVITATION TO STAKEHOLDERS’ WORKSHOP
The Stakeholders’ workshop will hold on the 29th of November in Abuja. For more details, eligible and interested parties are invited to sign-up for the stakeholders’ workshop by emailing [email protected] before midnight on 24th November, 2017 with the subject “REF Stakeholders’ Workshop”.
- EXPECTED STAKEHOLDERS
- Members of National Assembly
- State Governors
- Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC)
- State Commissioners in charge of rural electrification
- State Commissioners responsible for Local Governments
- Representatives of MDAs responsible for rural electrification in various states
- Distribution Companies
- Mini-grid developers and Solar Home System Providers
- Civil Society Organizations
All enquiries and request for clarification regarding this invitation may be directed to:
Executive Director (Rural Electrification Fund)
The Rural Electrification Agency,
22, Freetown Street
Wuse 2, Abuja
SOURCE: DAILY TRUST