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Poor Power Supply: Two federal ministries dump national grid, embrace solar micro-grid system

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Two federal Ministries, the  ministries of Works and Housing and Environment have broken away  power supply from the national electricity grid.

Speaking on the matter, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said that his  ministries would henceforth get their power supply from a 1.5 megawatts solar micro-grid system,

The Ministries of Environment, Works and Housing are located in Mabushi, Federal Capital Territory and the two would benefit from the power system.

According to Fashola,  the solar power project was approved by the Federal Executive Council on March 20, 2019

He said, “I express our ministry’s appreciation to members of the Federal Executive Council who voted to entrust our ministry with this project.

“What we have delivered, based on the mandate of the Federal Executive Council, is a 1.52MW solar system that will provide uninterrupted power supply to five blocks housing the Ministry of Works and Housing and Ministry of Environment and Lands.”

He added that the project employed 382 artisans and 176 skilled workers throughout its duration

Fashola said, “It would see to the reduction of average diesel consumption from 764,248 litres per annum to 166,825 litres per annum and cost saving of N270.95m over 20 years.

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