On December 3, 2020, the Federal Government of Nigeria, through its Implementing Agency – Rural Electrification Agency (REA), commissioned a 234KW solar hybrid mini grid power plant in Shimankar Community, Shendam Local Government Area. The project, which is one of the many solar mini projects to be commissioned under the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP), will provide clean, safe, affordable and reliable electricity for the community members.
The installed mini grid comprising a total of 234kw will adequately energize the community and provide reliable electricity to 1,972 Households, 273 Commercial Users, 5 Productive Users and 19 Public Users in the community to improve the socio-economic life of the community.
The REA Managing Director/CEO, Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, during his remarks, stated that “as an agency, we are responsible for powering unserved and underserved communities, therefore, it is fulfilling every time homes, businesses, schools and medical centres are connected to sustainable solar power. Almost immediately, we are able to witness rural communities being transformed with clean energy through the jobs that are created during construction, to their micro and small businesses scaling to larger capacity thanks to reliable electricity.”
Shimankar Community now joins the many communities across Nigeria experiencing social and economic progress thanks to the solar mini grids project under the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP).