Edo government plans renewable energy for 50 communities 

The Edo state government has said plans were underway to light up 50 communities across the State in the first phase of its renewable energy projects.

This was just as the government also pledged to extend the electricity projects to institutions of learning and hospitals.

The State Commissioner for Mining and Energy Dr. Enaholo Ojiefoh who disclosed this to journalists said: “what the governor Obaseki is doing now is called renewable energy 2.0

The disclosure followed the inauguration of a solar power project to supply 24 hours electricity at the Nigerian army military hospital in Benin City.

Ojiefoh said the Edo State government partners in the projects are already in the State, adding, “three months from now, a lot would have been electrified.

He disclosed that a specialist hospital in the State spend between #35 million to #37 million on diesel for energy monthly, noting that huge running cost will lead to high cost of accessing healthcare.

Continuing on  the communities electricity projects,  the Commissioner said the project is targeting the underserved and unserved areas.

According to him, “what we want to do is to give the light back to the people so that they can own it. 

“We started from Eyaen community. We are giving 500 kilowatt as first pilot project. In Aduwawa, we just finished the first structure of about one megawatt.

“The light will be connected to homes free. But at the time we install meter for residents, they will start paying as they use,” he added.