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CREDC project brings reliable electricity and clean water to Roguwa, Northern Nigeria
December 16, 2014
The Community Research and Development Centre (CREDC), with the support of UNDP, GEF and Energy Commission of Nigeria is providing clean energy solutions to the community of Roguwa in Nasarawa state, Northern Nigeria. The project involves a 4KW solar micro off-grid system which will provide electricity access to 60 households and power a community borehole. According to a CREDC interim report, the project is 80% complete and will generate electricity from a central location in the community tagged the “Green House”. Roguwa is one of many communities in Northern Nigeria not connected to the national grid. The population of some 5,500 had previously relied on unsustainable sources of energy such as kerosene lamps and wood, and drew water from locally constructed wells that have seasonal water supply.
In spite of the Nigeria’s great energy resources, approximately 60% of the population does not have access to electricity, with the majority living in rural areas. Through the provision of clean energy and clean potable water, the CREDC project aims to expand economic activities and improve livelihoods for the community while reducing their vulnerability to respiratory ailments from inhaling fumes from kerosene lamps.