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The African Solar Industry Association has named EM-ONE Energy Solutions’ Mabushi Solar as the ‘Best Commercial and Industrial Solar Project of the Year’.

The organisation noted in a statement that the Mabushi Solar Energy project was spearheaded by the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, and executed by EM-ONE Energy Solutions.

According to the statement, the project is an advanced solar microgrid system that has 1.52 MWp PV and 2.28 MWh energy storage and powers multiple office buildings of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in Abuja.

At the award ceremony, which was part of the Africa Energy Forum 2021, the Chief Executive Officer of EM-ONE Energy Solutions, Mr Mir Islam, said, “This award is a testament of the vision of the Nigerian Federal Government and its commitment to investing in the energy transition and sustainable development.

“Fashola’s projection into the future and provision of clean energy by EM-ONE Energy Solutions is an example of public sector investments in renewable energy in Nigeria.”

He said while the project was ongoing, investments were made across the projects’ design and implementation to showcase renewable energy and microgrids as the leading technical solution to address Nigeria’s energy availability and reliability challenge.

He added that the project created over 500 direct and indirect jobs throughout its implementation.

The Chief Executive Officer of Renewables in Africa and member of the awards jury, Tony Tiyou, said, “If there was ever an ounce of a doubt that solar is on the move in Africa, it would have certainly disappeared after my experience as a jury for the awards.

“The full display of talent, innovation, and dedication left me speechless. More than ever, I’m confident for the future.”

Commenting on the award, Fashola, at the inauguration of the project in Mabushi, Abuja, dedicated it to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for supporting his vision.

Fashola said, “I think this award must deservedly be dedicated to President Muhammadu Buhari who as leader of the administration supported the investment in off-grid power.

“He showed a firm commitment to youth involvement in public service and made possible the entire positive spin-offs in terms of job creation, technological growth and cleaner energy from the delivery of the project.”

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