The Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Market Acceleration Program Launch Event in Lagos
On Wednesday 19th September 2018, the Nigeria Off-grid Market Acceleration Program (NoMAP), a market building program jointly supported by the Shell Foundation and USAID was unveiled to off-grid energy stakeholders in Lagos. The public presentation of the program took place as part of the quarterly Off-Grid Stakeholders Coordination Meeting and it held at the Enterprise Development Center (EDC) of the Lagos Business School. The event was attended by stakeholders from various international agencies such as USAID, AfD and DFID; the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN), All On Partnerships for Energy Access, Persistent Energy Partners, Power for All amongst others.
NoMAP aims to identify unaddressed off-grid energy market barriers and implement high-impact initiatives to tackle these barriers. Based on strong market feedback, NoMAP will focused, in its first year, on two high-impact initiatives that address market barriers around market intelligence/data and payment collection for Solar Home Systems (SHS) Companies. To address data challenges faced by market actors (companies and financiers) as well as government, NoMAP will provide credible market intelligence that will inform business decisions as to where to develop mini-grids or deploy Solar Home Systems and help reduce information gaps that currently exist in the market. NoMAP will build market data across five states that will help identify viable locations for mini-grids and solar home systems. In addition, the program will pilot a workaround that will address the current difficulties faced by SHS companies in collecting payment from their unbanked customers in last mile communities
According to Adedotun Eyinade, Program manager at NoMAP, “the market acceleration program couldn’t have come at a better time. We believe that the off-grid energy sector in Nigeria is at an inflection point as such interventions such as the initiatives NOMAP is implementing are needed to address barriers limiting energy access to millions of Nigerians that are currently underserved.
The program will span one year and will supported by various technology providers such as SWIFTA systems, Odyssey Energy Solutions and Fraym to deliver its mandate. At the expiration of the program, learnings as well as impact recorded during the program will be presented to the sector.
The Nigeria Off-Grid Market Acceleration Program (NoMAP) is an independent market accelerator tasked with tackling inadequately addressed market barriers limiting the growth of the off-grid sector in Nigeria. It is funded by the Shell Foundation and USAID.