The project “Access to Electricity in Odighi Community in Edo State Using Photo Voltaic” has been implemented by the Community Research and Development Centre (CREDC) as part of the PREEEN Project (Promoting Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Nigeria). It was implemented with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility Small Grant Programme (GEF-SGP) and the Green Grant Fund (GGF). The Project was implemented in Odighi Community located in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State, Southern Nigeria.
In Odighi Community before the implementation of this project, the community was not connected to the national electricity grid and thus lacked access to electricity. This forced many of the inhabitants to rely on diesel and petrol generators for electricity supply for those who can afford it and majority of the community people used paraffin lamps and kerosene lanterns for lighting at night. This situation exposed them to various respiratory disease associated with the burning of hydrocarbon based fuel to generate heat and light energy and also increased poverty level as they kept spending more of their household income on unsustainable domestic energy sources.
The objectives of the project were: 1. To increase access to modern energy services (electricity) in Odighi Community using solar generators (Photovoltaic systems). This will enhance access to information, boost educational activities, reduce the incidence of respiratory diseases and discourage the use of traditional energy sources (kerosene lanterns, local paraffin lamps, diesel and petro generators) causing the emission of greenhouse gases leading to climate change. 2. To build capacity in the community to install and maintain photovoltaic system. This will ensure the participation of the community in the proposed project and to empower the community members sustain the project and to become potential employees in the emerging renewable energy industry in Nigeria. 3. To create awareness on the potential for renewable energy technologies (RETs) to address the energy crisis in Nigeria and at the same time mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases.