The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to Nigeria’s EM-ONE Energy Solutions Limited for a feasibility study that will strengthen healthcare delivery in rural and underserved regions of Nigeria through solar minigrid systems.
“USTDA’s support for this project will help provide access to clean and affordable electricity for healthcare facilities across Nigeria. This will improve healthcare services and quality of life for many communities,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Acting Director. “With our action, we are also creating opportunities for U.S. companies to supply reliable, high-quality infrastructure solutions to Nigeria.”
USTDA’s study will assist EM-ONE in implementing solar-plus-storage minigrid systems for up to 150 healthcare facilities and more than 300,000 nearby households. The study will identify the best-suited sites for the minigrids, develop a business model to attract commercial and concessional financing, and finalize design and technical specifications. The study will be completed by Colorado-based Odyssey Energy Solutions, Inc.
“Our firm has been working at the nexus of sustainable energy and health in West Africa for the past decade,” said Mir Islam, Chief Executive Officer at EM-ONE. “This grant will reshape how we provide reliable and sustainable power at scale to healthcare centers across the region. It will set the precedent for future donor and private sector involvement through sustainable technical and business model designs.”
This project supports the U.S. government’s Power Africa and Prosper Africa initiatives.