What We Do
The Community Research and Development Centre (CREDC) is an organization established in March, 2006. CREDC is registered in Nigeria to provide services which ensures that people have access to safe and healthy environment and that environmental resources are managed in the most sustainable way to achieve socio-economic development of our communities. In 2006, CREDC lunched the initiative tagged “Promoting Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Nigeria (PREEEN)” with the aim of providing clean energy access for 10 million Nigerians using Renewable Energy Technology. CREDC has vast experience spanning over Ten (10) years in the area of renewable energy and energy efficiency. In the 2013, the CREDC was honored with the National Energy Award for Community Engagement for her effort in promoting renewable energy technology and energy efficiency both at the grassroots and national levels.
CREDC has been very active in the area of promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency. CREDC has embarked on several projects to increase access to electricity; organized conferences to advocate for renewable energy and energy efficiency; and conducted studies in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Below are some of the activities of the organization that are relevant to the current proposal.
Forty Households Benefitted in Odighi Community Rural Electrification Project
With support from the United Nations Development Programme/Global Environment Facility Small Grant Programme, the CREDC embarked a project to increase access to electricity in Odighi Community, Edo State using solar photo voltaic systems. A total of 40 stand-alone PV systems were installed in 40 houses in Odighi Community. The project was also designed to build capacity in the community to maintain solar systems; 50 youths from the community were trained on how install and maintain solar systems.
Solar Photovoltaic for Lighting in 40 Households in Uniaro Community
CREDC embarked on a project to promote environmental sustainability through the use of central solar charging station for lighting in Uniaro Community, Edo State. The Central Solar Charging station (CSCS) generates electricity in a central location within the Community. A total of 40 benefiting households were provided with LED lamps and 15 youths of the Community were trained on the installation of photovoltaic systems. A Local Energy Regulatory Committee (LERC) was set to manage the facility to ensure sustainability and scale up of the Project. Beneficiaries pay for charging their batteries and the revenue generated will help to offset expenses from the day-to-day operations of the facility. The project was funded by the Switzerland Embassy in Nigeria.
Solar Micro Off-grid Powers 15 Households in Uniaro Community
This Project was supported by the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE). The project helped to increase access to electricity in Uniaro Community to boost economic activities and livelihood. The project involved the use of PV system to generate electricity and transmitted through a micro grid to power 15 households in the Community, the community borehole and a media house. Moreover, 15 community youths were trained as solar technicians. The beneficiaries of this project include: women, to enable them cook at night; children, to do school assignments in the evenings; and those that will use the media house for access information from electronic media. To ensure the sustainability and possible upgrading or replication of this project, a Local Energy Regulatory Committee (LERC) will be set up in the community to manage the facility.
Eighty Stand-Alone PV Systems Installed Under the Lighting Niger Delta Initiative
In 2013, the CREDC launched the Lighting Niger-Delta Initiative with the objective to distribute 3 million units of stand-alone solar systems across the Nigeria Delta states. Since the launch of the initiative, the CREDC has installed 80 stand-alone solar home systems. A single system consists of a solar panel, a battery and LED lamps; all are products of our technical partner – Schneider Electric.
Solar Micro Off-grid Powers 30 Households and Businesses in Ofetebe Community
CREDC installed 4.0Kva solar PV system in Ofetebe Community in Edo State. The electricity generated was transmitted through a micro grid to power 30 households (including businesses such as barber shop, retail shops and relaxation spots), the Community water borehole and the Community clinic. This project was implemented in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environment Facility Small Grant Programme. As part of the sustainability plan, some youths (15 in number) were trained on the installation and maintenance of PV systems. A mechanism for cost recovery was put in place within the community; for sustainability of the project.
Nigeria Renewable Energy for All Project (Nigeria-REAP)
The Nigeria Renewable Energy for All Project (Nigeria-REAP) was launched on the 22nd of October, 2014 in Benin City. The project aimed at improving access to sustainable and uninterrupted electricity supply using renewable energy technology. The Nigeria REAP targets households, businesses and corporate bodies both in the rural and urban areas in Nigeria. The Initiative was designed to allow beneficiaries generate their own electricity using renewable energy technologies mainly solar PV systems. So far, CREDC has installed solar systems in different locations in Benin City and Abuja as follows:
A PV system with 1.5 Kva inverter machine, 7Kwh battery backup and 800w solar panel
in array was installed in a residential house in Lugbe Landlord Corporative Society Estate in Lugbe, Abuja.
Similarly, a PV system with 1.5 Kva inverter, 7Kwh battery backup and 800w solar panel
array was installed in a residential house in Phikrus Estate, Lugbe, Abuja.
In Sunny Vale Estate, Abuja, CREDC installed a PV system of 1.5 Kva inverter machine, 7Kwh of backup and 800w solar panel array in a residential house.
A PV system with 1.5 Kva inverter, 7Kwh battery backup and 800w solar panel
array installed in a residential house in Lugbe Landlord Corporative Estate, Lugbe Layout Abuja.
In Federal Housing Authority, Lugbe District, Abuja, CREDC install a PV system which comprises of 840 w solar panel array, 14 Kwh battery backup and 3Kva inverter machine in a residential house.
In another residential house in Lugbe Landlord Corporative Estate, Abuja CREDC installed a solar system comprising of 920 w of solar arrays, 5 Kwh battery backup and 3.5 Kva.
CREDC retrofitted a water borehole in a fish farm in Bwari, Abuja. The water borehole is now powered with solar system. The AC submersible pumping machine was replaced with DC submersible pumping machine.
CREDC installed a solar system comprising of 1.5 Kva inverter machine, 840 w solar arrays and 14 Kwh battery backup in a residential house in Isihor, near Benin City.
Still in Benin City, CREDC installed a solar system to provide electricity for the office of an organization. The system comprises of 800 w solar array, 1.5 Kva inverter machine and 7kwh battery system.
CREDC installed a solar system comprising of a solar array of 800w, 1.5 Kva inverter machine and battery array of 14 kwh in Evbomore, near Benin City
Fifty Houses and 11 Businesses Provided with Electricity in Roguwa Community
In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and the Energy Commission of Nigeria, the CREDC installed a solar PV system in Roguwa Community in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. The electricity generated from the PV system is transmitted through micro grid to power the Community water borehole, 50 houses and 11 businesses. The system comprises of an array of 4000 w solar panels, a battery backup of about 14Kwh and 5Kva inverter machine. The benefiting households and shops were provided with two (2) LED lamps for indoor and outdoor lighting and a wall socket for phone charging and powering of low power home appliances.