The Federal Government will, today, under its Energising Education Programme (EPP), inaugurate the first solar hybrid power plant at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University at Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI) in Ebonyi State.
With the project, 7,700 students and 1,819 faculty workers at FUNAI will access constant electricity supply from the university’s 2.8MW solar hybrid power plant.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will inaugurate the project today.
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Rural Electrification Agency (REA) Mrs. Damilola Ogunbiyi noted that EEP was a federal intervention aimed at developing off-grid, dedicated and independent power plants, as well as revamping infrastructure to supply constant power to 37 federal varsities and seven affiliated teaching hospitals.
Besides the 2.8MW solar hybrid power plant, other programmes include the launch of 7.5 km of solar-powered street lights, as well as a world-class renewable training centre.
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“This programme will improve the quality of education, research and health care services in federal universities and teaching hospitals. I’m proud of the role women have played in the successful implementation of this project. No doubt, the EEP represents a significant milestone in green financing in Africa,” Ogunbiyi said.
She said the project was a collaboration between Rural Electrification Agency, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Federal Ministry of Environment, as well as National Universities Commission.
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