CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS IN IJAYE COMMUNITY

The first ever International Day of Clean Energy has been observed on the 26th of January 2024 to raise awareness and encourage action for a just and inclusive transition to clean energy which will be beneficial to people and the world at large. The 26th of January was declared by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to celebrate the International Day of Clean Energy annually.

Clean energy simply refers to energy gained from energy solutions that do not release pollutants into the environment. Energy users who may be underserved or unserved by their national grid most times resort to alternatives that are environmentally considered to be unclean i.e energy solutions or sources that release pollutants such as carbon (fumes) into the environment. A ready example is fumes emitted by fossil fuel powered generators.

Ijaye Community located in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State of Nigeria has been cut off energy access from the national grid for over a decade. Although residents of the community have resorted to self-help measures to ensure electricity supply from the national grid is restored, these efforts have largely proved unproductive.

However, only recently, residents of Ijaye Community are beginning to heave sighs of relief and as well countdown to gaining energy access through the GEF UNDP SGP funded project being implemented by the Community Research and Development Centre (CREDC) titled Access to Sustainable Energy Using Solar Mini Grid for Ijaye Community in Akinyele Local Government of Oyo State.

The project which was formally flagged off on the 6th of April 2023 in Ijaye with an Inception Workshop and Trainings attended by government officials and residents of the community has progressed further and almost nearing the completion of the installation of the 20kW solar mini grid facility.

Participants at Inception Workshop and Trainings

Participants at Inception Workshop and Trainings

Participants at Inception Workshop and Trainings

Participants at Inception Workshop and Trainings

 

 

Inuaguration of Power Committee

Inauguration of Power Committee

 

After the completion of installation activities and powering of the facility, it is expected that the number of households dependent on the use of candles, fossil fuel powered generators and other unclean energy solutions to light up their houses will be cut down by at least 50%. This means carbon emissions will be reduced and households within Ijaye will have access to clean energy.

 

Some pictorial excerpts from the ongoing installation process of the facility are captured below.

Setting up the Power House

Setting up the Power House

Array of Solar Panels

Array of Solar Panels