We recently conducted a critical habitat (CH) screening for a renewable energy company intending to build two solar mini-grids in a small town in Southwestern Nigeria. It was initially flagged that the project area was close to potentially sensitive forest habitats and as such CH screening was required to meet international lender standards. However, upon detailed inspection of the local habitats and species, Earth Active concluded that the project site was in fact within a heavily degraded area that did not represent critical habitat for any of the individually assessed species. Earth Active will continue to work with the client to produce an environmental management plan that aims to avoid, mitigate and restore any impacts upon biodiversity features.
This project is in line with the Nigerian Electrification Project (NEP) being implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) which seeks to provide electricity to households and micro, small and medium enterprises in unserved and underserved areas throughout Nigeria.
We are proud to be supporting this project in supplying renewable energy to local communities in Nigeria without harm to sensitive habitats.