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The objectives of the programme is to Expand energy access to 25 million individuals (5 million new connections) through the provision of Solar Home Systems (SHS) or connection to a mini grid, Increase local content in the off grid solar value chain and facilitate the growth of the local manufacturing and assembly industry.
Solar-powered irrigation pumps and other appliances have demonstrated their power to transform Niger by increasing crop yields and production. With $50 million in funding from the International Development Association, NESAP works by extending credit to private companies that sell productive-use appliances such as solar-powered pumps.
Although agricultural products are the country’s second export item, Niger faces considerable food insecurity. The electrification of agricultural production seems like an obvious solution. Solar-powered irrigation pumps and other equipment have proven their potential to transform the country by increasing crop yields and production.
The Opec Fund for International Development (OFID) has signed a $25 million loan agreement with the government of Niger. The funding will support the implementation of a project to electrify thousands of households in three cities using solar photovoltaic energy.
The training tagged “Off Grid Training Programme” was held at Safara Motel in Kontagora local government area of the state at the weekend and is part of a renewed effort towards achieving affordable and clean energy; goal 7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Guard-Africa Initiative will catalyse conversations towards the accelerating implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Niger, Cameroon, Zambia, Botswana, Morocco, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Gabon.
German university TH Köln is setting up a solar energy system at a school in the Dossa region of Niger as part of a pilot project in the country to demonstrate the concept of productive use of power.

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