High Tariff Barrier To Rural Electrification – Schneider Electric

High Tariff Barrier To Rural Electrification – Schneider Electric
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Schneider Electric has stated that high tariff remains a barrier to electricity usage in rural communities across West Africa.

 The firm said it planned to proffer solutions to the adoption of electrification projects in rural West African region grappling with access to reliable and affordable energy.

Commercial Lead, Microgrid, Power & Grid Business Segment, Schneider Electric, Teina Teibowei, in a statement, said: “The high tariffs associated with electricity use in rural areas pose a significant barrier. In communities with limited economic opportunities, even basic lighting can be prohibitively expensive, discouraging adoption.

“This reality is further compounded by the low energy consumption patterns in these communities, characterised by single lights and sockets in homes,” she said.

Country President, Schneider Electric West Africa, Ajibola Akindele, remarked, “By addressing affordability concerns, creating economic opportunities, and fostering a culture of energy consumption, we can unlock the true potential of rural electrification in West Africa, empowering communities.”

Media reports that the Nigerian Minister for Power, Adebayo Adelabu, had said the Federal Government may no longer be able to sustain electricity subsidy.

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