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Lagos govt partners World Bank on implementation of pathways for solar energy

Benjamin Omoike

Access Bank
The Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, in conjunction with World Bank, has organised a one-day workshop to discuss the framework for the implementation of DPV in the State.
The objective of the session was to discuss the pathways for realising the Lagos state ambition of achieving 1GW of installed PV capacity by 2030 with a proposed mix of 60 percent commercial and industrial, 20 percent residential and 20 percent government owned buildings. The event was attended by key actors across the industry value chain comprising over 70 participants including PV developers, solar aggregators, commercial banks, development finance institutions, and Fintechs among others.
In his opening remarks, Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Engr. Olalere Odusote, noted that Lagos State is committed to addressing the demand – grid supply deficit in the State which is currently estimated at 33-43 TWh (83 percent of total demand)- and one of the potential solutions being considered by the state is the use of rooftop solar.
The World Bank Acting Regional Director for Infrastructure, West and Central Africa, Ashish Khanna in his remarks stated that “there is a unique opportunity for Lagos to lead the way for solar adoption in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa by demonstrating a model for distributed PV in urban Africa that provides affordable and reliable electricity.”
The discussion centered on the financing structure, operating framework and the institutional arrangement required to achieve the state ambition.
Participants considered LASG’s ambition achievable and confirmed their readiness to work with the state to realize this ambition.
The funding requirement for deployment of about 500MW of solar DPV in the next five years is estimated at US$350 – US$700 million. It is envisioned that this would be financed through a mix of grants, equity, and concessionary debt designed specifically for various consumer segments. Additionally, various risk mitigation instruments will also be explored. The financing would be provided by international development finance institutions, equity investors and commercial lenders.
The programme will adopt two business models – developer owned model for commercial and industrial customers and user owned model for the residential, MSME and public sector customers. To address the current challenge of fragmented demand in the solar ecosystem, a number of aggregation mechanisms would be introduced by demand aggregators to create scale within the industry.
Technical assistance would also be provided for capacity development for stakeholders across the ecosystem as well as targeted consumer awareness campaigns to enable effective roll-out for end-users.
In his closing remark, Honorable commissioner Odusote noted that the ministry would incorporate the feedback from the stakeholders and leverage same in developing a detailed project design document to guide the project implementation.
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