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Solar Energy Training



The entire project was proposed to last for nine (9) months from planning to the training, mentoring, monitoring and evaluation stages. The training component of the project lasted for two weeks, from July 30 August 10, 2018. The program was designed to provide worldclass training and mentorship to twenty 20 potential solar energy systems installers and encourage them to become solar energy entrepreneurs and service providers.Though the project initially proposed to train 20 people, the project was expanded, training a total of 53 participants. Solar experts from Cornell University, Alfred State College State University of New York (SUNY), TellCo EuropeNigeria, Orun Ododo Power Company Limited (OOPCL), and the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) all teamed up to provide training and mentorship for the selected trainees. The trainees were taught the theoretical aspects of solar energy systems installation for a week and then exposed to practical field experience for another week. During the fieldwork, they were involved in the installation of a solarpowered borehole water supply project in Toko Village, a rural community in Karu Local Government Area, Nasarawa State, at the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Nigeria. Further work on the project includes mentoring the 53 successful trainees for a period of six months in their quest to becoming solar energy entrepreneurs and service providers. There will also be monitoring and evaluation exercise for six months on the installed water supply project at Toko village, to ensure continuous operation and measure the impact of the project. Two trainees and one staff of NASENI Energy Unit have been assigned for each of the following six months after the training, from September 2018 to February 2019 to accomplish this task. (The full report of the project and the mid-term progress report of some of the trainees can be found in the IAD Fall 2017 bulletin.