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Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA): Workshop on Guidelines for Solar Mini Grid Projects in Nigeria.

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Renewable energy has been identified as one of the key alternatives to fossil fuels to meet Nigeria’s energy demand due to rapid economic growth and social advancement. Due to its availability across the country, it has an important role to fulfill the electricity demand especially in rural areas that are not connected to the national grid.

The Federal Ministry of Environment (FMEnv) in conjunction with the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) has organized a 2-day stakeholders’ consultation workshop in Abuja, Nigeria. The purpose of the workshop is to review and discuss the draft guidelines in assessing environmental and social impacts in carrying out projects.

Although there’s no specific Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) guideline for Solar Mini-Grid projects in Nigeria, the objective of the workshop is to present the draft guidelines to concerned stakeholders and collect inputs to finalize it.

In his welcome address, the Director, Pollution Control and Environmental Health, Charles J. Ikia, stated that the core values of the solar mini-grid are to ensure sustainable development. He further addressed key issues to strengthen partnerships between stakeholders. “Saving the environment is a collective responsibility, a collaboration between the Federal and State Government for the good people of Nigeria “ he added.

“Mini-grids will play major developmental roles in rural areas “ this was stated by Olumide Fatoki, Senior Advisor on Sustainable Energy Access in his good will message. He reiterated the need for the implementation of a reviewed and standard guideline.

NESP in confluence with the Federal Minister of Power ( FMP) is co-funded by the European Union and the German Government. It is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft Für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) who established links with the FMEnv to support the development of a simplified procedure and guideline for ESIA for solar mini-grid projects in Nigeria.

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