Netherlands Embassy Lighthens Nigeria Community With Solar Energy Mini-grid


 The Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria has provided solar min-grid for an uninterrupted power supply to Kalaba Community in Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

Kalaba Community Health Centre powered by the solar mini-grid|
Kalaba Community Health Centre powered by the solar mini-grid| Source:

In a report by ENVIRONNEWSNIGERIA, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) said “it implemented the project with technical support from Community Research and Development Centre (CREDC) in the establishment of the project.”

The 8.5 kw power project was completed and commissioned recently by a representative of Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, Executive Director of ERA/FoEN, Barrister Nosa Tokunbor.

The solar mini-grid station has been channeled to supply electricity to houses in the community, the resuscitated borehole that was hitherto dysfunctional, provision of pumping machine powered by solar, and extension of solar light to the Community Health Centre.

The Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria accompanied by the second secretary had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the ERA/FoEN office in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, in 2018 as part of their tour of the Niger Delta region to see firsthand the despoliation of the environment by the multinational oil companies operating in the region and their impacts on the rural dwellers in the area.

Over 30 households and a population of about 3,000 people are benefitting from the Photovoltaic systems as well as the community health centre, water supply and solar lights. receiving power supply from the solar mini grid.

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