NESP: EU grants € 15 million to boost renewable energies

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The flag of the European Union

Signature of an agreement with the German government. on program execution

..Extends the program by one year

By Chris Ochayi

ABUJA: The European Union, EU, has provided an additional 15 million euros to finance the second phase of Nigeria’s renewable energy and energy efficiency sector under the Nigerian Energy Support Program, NESP.

Yesterday signing the agreement with its co-founder, the German Society for International Cooperation, GIZ, the Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union in Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms. Cécile Tassan-Pelzer, explained that ‘With this new funding, phase II of the NESP has been extended for one year.

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Explaining that the program will now end by November 30, 2022, she said: “With the extension, the EU has granted additional funding of 15 million euros to the initial 20 million euros, dedicated to supporting the Nigerian Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Sector “.
She said total funding for NESP II now includes € 35 million from the EU and € 13 million from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ.

According to her, “NESP is a technical assistance program co-funded by the EU and BMZ since 2013. It is implemented by GIZ in collaboration with the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Energy, FMP, and aims to promote investments in renewable energies and energy. efficiency and improvement of access to electricity for disadvantaged rural communities.

Head of Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union in Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms. Cécile

Tassin-Pelzer, while commending the achievements of the NESP program in recent years, said: “The program is a notable example of effective cooperation between the EU and Nigerian partners, bringing tangible results to the country.

“We are pleased to continue this fruitful collaboration with GIZ and the Nigerian government to help the country meet renewable energy and energy efficiency goals,” she said.

She noted that “the main activities of NESP are to advise public and private stakeholders on how best to utilize the potential of renewable energies and energy efficiency.

“During the first phase (2013-2017), NESP supported the Nigerian government in the development of key sustainable energy policies and regulatory instruments, such as regulations on mini-grids, national policy on renewable energies and energy efficiency and the energy efficiency code for buildings.

“The first phase received total funding of € 24.5 million, with the EU and BMZ contributing € 15.5 million and € 9 million respectively.

“In the second phase, which started at the end of 2017, the NESP shifted from framework support to implementation. Two tender processes, namely the Mini-Grid Acceleration Scheme and the Interconnected Mini-Grid Acceleration Scheme have been developed to support private developers. “This was done in collaboration with the respective distribution companies to set up mini-grids in unelectrified or underserved rural areas.
areas. “

Tassin-Pelzer added that with this additional contribution from the EU, the NESP will notably:;

“Support distribution companies to improve the efficiency of collecting royalties from populations residing in peri-urban areas;

“Strengthen the promotion of productive uses of renewable energies and improve the profitability of mini-grids; promote the diversification of the energy mix in the field of renewable energies. “

According to her, “Going forward, as part of our new multi-year program for Nigeria covering the next seven years, we will continue to prioritize the goals of renewable energy, climate change as well as the goal of economic diversification and creation of decent jobs, in particular for the country’s youth.

“As part of our priority focus area, ‘Green and digital economy‘, we plan to continue to support both: access to sustainable energy using renewable energy technology and energy efficiency, as well as climate smart agriculture, climate change and the circular economy, as well as digital technology.

According to her, some of the achievements recorded since the start of the current phase in 2018 include “the launch of the unique investment platform for renewable energy and energy efficiency in Nigeria.

“Development and launch of 37 standards for solar photovoltaic, batteries, inverters and meters; Support for five industries in Nigeria to obtain the relevant ISO certification; Validation of State Building Energy Efficiency Code documents in Edo and Plateau States;

“Draft Simplified Guidelines for the Environmental and Social Management Plan for Solar Mini-Grid Projects;

“The launch of the Central Data Management System (CDMS) for electrification planning in Nigeria; and finally the financing of 25 interconnected mini-grids to be built before the end of 2022. ”

“Let me take this opportunity to appreciate our co-founder, the German government, who has accompanied us on this journey since the first phase of the program, which began in 2014.”
In her address, Ms. Ina Hommers, Country Director of GIZ Nigeria and ECOWAS described the development of the NigeriaSE4ALL platform (nigeriase4all.gov.ng) in collaboration with the FMP as a major milestone of NESP II.

“The platform aims to offer the most accurate data and the latest tools that enable data-driven and cost-effective electrification planning in Nigeria.

Over 3,000 settlements and 2.6 million buildings have been remotely
mapped, with more than 50,000 km of power grid tracked in 22 states, ”she said.

In addition, NESP supports energy efficiency in buildings and industry, among other activities, by training professionals to conduct energy audits. NESP collaborates with national training institutes to offer clean energy training and continuously expands the

Training Partnership Network, which was established in 2017. Special emphasis is placed on promoting gender equality in the sector by offering training scholarships and internships to women.

As part of the NESP II extension, the program will expand its activities and expand geographically while expanding its measures to strengthen support to the Nigerian government in the areas of solar battery recycling, clean cooking stoves and cooking. ” access to financing mechanisms for renewable energies and energy efficiency. investments.

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