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Light A Home Project (LAHMP)

CREEDS-ENEGRY-ROLL-UPLight A Home Project (LAHMP) is an initiative designed to alleviate electricity poverty within three pilot communities in the Federal Capital Territory, using renewable energy technology. As a youth led initiative, it encourages collective efforts especially with young people and other stakeholders to volunteer, build capacity, and develop solutions at grass root level.

Nigeria is currently going through its worst energy crisis occasioned by acute energy poverty with only about 47% of its 168 million people having access to electricity on a meager 150kwh average electricity consumption per capita.

Despite its large oil reserves (the 10th largest in the world) and a massive natural gas reserve at about 187tcf (the 7th largest in the world) with potential to grow to as much as 600tcf, Nigeria still experiences acute energy crisis. The situation is exacerbated by the nation’s heavy reliance on the non-renewable oil and gas resources as the mainstay of the economy to the detriment of other sectors and resources, and a population that is growing at a faster rate than the grid connections. Over 15 million households do not have electricity and more than 67% of the population is dependent on biomass as their primary source of energy. Meanwhile indoor air pollution from cooking and lighting is the 3rd highest killer in Nigeria after HIV/Aids and Malaria.

Since 2010 energy poverty has moved up the international development agenda with its eradication being referred to as the Ninth Millennium Development Goal (9th MDG).  In line with the United Nations Agenda 21 and its reaffirmation at Rio +20, emerging economies worldwide including Nigeria are adopting and promoting sustainable development options using clean energy technologies to foster a green revolution and the transformation imperative. Without addressing the deepening energy poverty issues, economic activities, development, and any meaningful head way attached to national goals and policies such as NV20:2020, MDG, National Energy Policy, Sustainable Energy for All, ECOWAS MRET will be hampered.

While feed-in-tariffs from renewables are a bit far fetched, actively addressing energy poverty with tangible, strategic, sustainable public/private renewable energy models that can be replicated nationwide, is achievable today. Diversifying Nigeria’s energy mix to include renewable resources needs to start from a bottom-up approach; using smaller solutions to make a case for large scale ones, one community at a time.

As a social enterprise, CREEDS ENERGY and several partners have come together to establish a community-based initiative that will use renewable and energy efficient solutions to reduce the negative impacts of the energy access gap.

The pilot project will engage clusters in three area councils (Kuje, Kubwa and Gwagwalada) in Abuja. The target is to reach out and install mini solar grids, capable of supplying clean, renewable energy to townships effectively. Talks are ongoing with the Federal Capital Authorities, the Minister of the FCT’s office, and other international donors, including Schneider (developers of the technology) on the feasibility of this project as regards funding and logistics.

Objectives of LAHMP

 To increase the scope of awareness about alternative energy efficient solutions and the problems associated with continuing with the status quo.

  1. Provide access to alternative solutions that meet the triple bottom line mark; socially, economically and environmentally beneficial
  2. Promote and sustain adoption by creating advocates and micro-enterprises within the communities.
  3. Monitor and evaluate progress and impact using ICT

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For Lighting

Solar Portable Lamps (SPL) are lighting units, typically with LED lights or DC bulbs as they are more energy efficient, recharged using small solar panels. Some of these lighting units have additional options of mobile phone charging.

They are used as alternatives to kerosene lamps, candles, and inefficient torchlights that need to be charged with mains electricity or have short lifespan batteries. (coming soon)

Solar Home Systems

Solar Home Systems (SHS) are systems that have multiple lighting units and a larger solar panel. The systems come in various sizes designed to power additional loads like a TV and a Fan. The lighting units can be used to light up more than one room.

SHS can be used to substitute costly electricity generation both in rural and urban households that are off-grid or lack electricity(coming soon)

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