Two rural communities in Plateau State, Mavo and Toff are the next in line to benefit from Virtuitis Solaris’ rollout of renewable energy solutions across Africa, tapping the abundance of sunlight.

The rural electrification initiative was unveiled on Wednesday with many of the community dwellers expressing delight at the chance of experiencing regular power supply.

Mayowa Tope Oyelakin, Virtuitis Solaris’ Representative, said “This project is critical for us. It is our starting point and we will spread the good news of renewable energy in Plateau state, Nigeria, and across Africa.”

He described Virtuitis Solaris’ intervention in Africa as strategic, because 645 million people have no access to electricity, and most of these people live in rural areas. The number of Nigerians without access to grid electricity rose by 5.8 percent to 90 million at the end of 2021, according to a new report by the intergovernmental group, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

“Many organisations have come with the promise of solar energy but we have not seen the light. To see Virtuitis Solaris staff here is testimony to their commitment,” Akang Michael, youth leader at Toff community said. “I learned there will training for our youth and this will create jobs for the youth and increase productivity.”

The Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN) had previously indicated that the number of Nigerians without access to grid electricity was 85 million, which accounted for 43 percent of the country’s rural population. This gives Virtuitis Solaris’ outreach new importance.

It was gathered that Virtuitis Solaris Limited is a smart renewable energy subsidiary of the MOJEC International Group leveraging renewable sources to reduce energy poverty and to deliver smart solutions to homes, offices, factories, and cars on the continent of Africa. This is why Virtuitis Solaris has organised an outreach to Mavo and Toff communities to create awareness about its renewable energy project in these rural communities.

Mavo is a community in Wase, a town and Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State, Nigeria, situated some 216 km southeast of Jos, the Plateau State capital. It shares its name with the nearby Wase River. The population of the LGA was 159,861 people as of 2006, with an urban area of 1750 km.

Toff community is in Bokkos Local Government Area in Plateau State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Bokkos. It has a population of 178,454 at the 2006 census. The combined population of the two local government areas was 338, 315 people as of the 2006 census.