Targets generation of 10MW in each of the 774 Local government by 2015. | By Eki Toju

TechPAWA 774, a private sector-led initiative to deploy 10MW of clean, renewable energy power plants to each of the 774 local government areas in Nigeria, begin its first training workshop for 100 potential recruits in Ondo Town, Ondo State on Sunday, September 2.

The training programme, which covers all aspects of the design, building, siting, operation and maintenance of renewable energy power plants, is mandatory for all prospective PAWA 774 staff.

The programme will be conducted by the Renewable Energy Technology Institute (RETI) from the Wesley University of Science and Technology (WUSTO), located on Ondo-Ife Road, Ondo Town. Tuition, room and board are provided 100% free by PAWA 774 for all trainees.

According to a statement signed by the project coordinator and made available to Daily Times, after the intensive four-week programme, all trainees will receive certification from the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), which qualifies them to work globally in the renewable energy sector.

The statement said the objective of the initiative is to produce “about 8,000 MW of clean, eco-friendly electricity throughout Nigeria within five years.”

The plants will be built in clusters of smaller power units connected to a local, smart micro-grid mesh providing adequate power to the nation, one community at a time.

“Rather than generate a glut of electrical power, which may or may not reach the communities that need it most, the PAWA 774 initiative aims to serve the right amount of electrical power to each community, which can then be deployed as needed, taking individual needs into account,” the statement said.

The initiative generates eco-friendly power, from abundant, renewable sources of energy such as solar, wind, hydro, and municipal/household waste, using whichever sources are most sensible for the specific community.

Over the next five years, PAWA 774 will generate a minimum of 10MW per LGA and create nearly one million jobs directly linked to the initiative, ensuring at the same time that each community has direct economic buy-in for sustainable growth and development. These goals and more will all be tracked on the PAWA 774 website.

The PAWA 774 programme also ties into a larger training scheme developed by NAPTIN to bring the federal government closer to fulfilling its goal to produce 40,000MW of power by 2020, with 10% of Nigeria’s electricity needs coming from renewable energy sources.

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