Lagos, Nigeria. September 20, 2016 –
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group and United Kingdom’s Department
for International Development, DFID, have partnered to facilitate the deployment
of off-grid and embedded solar systems in commercial and industrial sectors
of Nigeria. The ultimate goal is to help corporates and SMEs to have better
and more reliable access to electricity, utilizing the country’s abundant
solar resources, and thus contributing to Nigeria’s sustainable economic
growth and greenhouse gas emission reduction objectives.
Through this partnership, IFC’s Off-Grid
and Embedded Solar Market Development and Finance Program, and DFID’s
Solar Nigeria Program are launching a new program in Nigeria for solar
market development and finance. One of its major components will be to
provide technical support and possibly financial instruments to local financial
institutions. This will help them develop business solutions for the emerging
solar market especially solar PV technology investments in Nigeria. The
program is being launched at a workshop that will share market study findings,
present the key components of the program implementation phase, and collect
feedback from stakeholders.
Ben Mellor, DFID Nigeria’s Head of Office,
said, “The UK Government is committed to helping to increase investment
in off-grid energy and accelerating the delivery of solar energy systems
that will help improve access to energy for more businesses. As access
to energy is one of the most critical business needs in Africa and particularly
Nigeria, the UK’s Department for International Development is determined
to assist in bringing solar technology financing solutions to smaller businesses
and corporates and we are working with IFC to help implement these solutions.”
“IFC has been at the fore, creating and
facilitating solutions to help increase access to energy at the home and
corporate levels in Nigeria,” said, Eme Essien Lore, IFC Country Manager
for Nigeria. “The Solar market has the potential for quick wins in bringing
access to electricity for more businesses as it takes less time to install.
It also enables production of electricity at the point of need, which eliminates
transmission losses to a great extent. We are working with DFID to accelerate
access to electricity for more businesses and help contribute to economic
growth in the country,” she continued.
This program is part of the World Bank Group’s
Energy Business Plan for Nigeria where each World Bank Group institution
(IFC, IBRD, and MIGA) leverage their competencies and products to provide
solutions for projects that encourage the viability and contribute to the
sustainability of the power sector.
Over the past three years, IFC has financed
close to $3.5 billion in renewable energy projects worldwide, including
biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar, and wind.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is
the largest global development institution focused on the private sector
in emerging markets. Working with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our
six decades of experience to create opportunity where it’s needed most.
In FY16, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly
US$19 billion, leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help
the private sector end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For
more information, visit www.ifc.org