Greek EPC firm Metka has signed an agreement with Nigeria’s government for the first phase of a project aimed at providing off-grid power to universities and associated teaching hospitals across the country.

The Energizing Education programme is an initiative of the country’s Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and will be implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA). It ultimately aims to take 37 federal universities and seven teaching hospitals off the grid. 

Under the terms of the agreement, Metka West Africa will provide full EPC services for four universities including power plants, street lighting and training centres, as well as operation and maintenance services.

A total of 7.5 MW of renewables-fuelled hybrid power plants are planned for installation. The plants will be integrated with energy storage and backup diesel gensets using the latest mini-grid design, Metka said.

The mini-grids will also incorporate the Exeron modular power conversion system developed by power electronics firm IPS for off-grid applications. The system allows for use of multiple power sources and provides advanced battery management.

Damilola Ogunbiyi, REA managing director and CEO, said: “The benefits of the Energizing Education Programme are immeasurable, as improving the quality of education and ensuring safe and conducive learning environments through access to reliable power, training centres and streetlights would result in the churning out of excellent graduates, thus multiplying effects on all facets of society.

“We are looking forward to this objective being realized through our strategic partnership with Metka Power West Africa”.

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