By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
Search for off-grid solutions to Nigeria energy challenge got a boost with the launch of a Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) Taskforce to accelerate modern energy access.
The taskforce is comprised of over 32 members drawn from amongst government, donors, renewable energy companies, development finance institutions, investors, civil society organizations, and trade associations.
The launching of the Taskforce was part of a workshop on the development of Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) through off-grid solutions in Abuja.
The workshop with theme, “Scaling off-grid energy”, was convened by Power For ALL, an international agency in partnership with USAID, Power Africa and FHI360.
A statement at the end of the event said that the “task force is a coordination group formed to identify and implement a multi-stakeholder approach to accelerating the end of energy poverty in Nigeria. The goals of the DRE Task Force includes identifying priorities, supporting specific stakeholder led actions that will accelerate the expansion of off-grid energy in Nigeria.
“This is in line with the goals and vision of the Nigerian Government’s commitment towards increasing power access in Nigeria and increasing the rate of electrification to rural areas.
At the event, Roseann Casey, Power Africa lead for Nigeria, said: “Power Africa’s approach is based on partnership. We value the opportunity to be part of this important dialogue with diverse stakeholders who are eager to find both opportunities and solutions in the off-grid space”