Coronavirus company news summary – Nigeria launches home solar systems project – Indian state waives payments during lockdown

22 September 2020 (Last Updated September 22nd, 2020 10:22)

22 September

The Nigerian government has proposed a ‘Solar Home Systems Project’, expected to assist more than 25 million people with no connection to the national grid. This comes as Nigeria faces a significant economic downturn due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With this initiative, local solar manufacturers will be encouraged to set up manufacturing facilities for solar components in the country.

The Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission in India has ordered a waiver of monthly fixed charges for all industrial and commercial consumers. The waiver affects the months of April to June, in an attempt to ease the burden of the pandemic during those months. A three-month moratorium on late payment charges was also ordered by the commission over the same period until September this year, The Times of India reported.

Xcel Energy will soon begin its annual refueling of the generator at Prairie Island nuclear plant in the US. This process will need help from hundreds of temporary workers, complicated by the pandemic. The company has started recruiting workers for the refueling work.

Nama Group member Muscat Electricity Distribution Company has reported normal operations despite the Covid-19 pandemic. During the first half of this year, the company increased its network capacity by 122MW in the Muscat Governorate. This brought its network capacity in Muscat to 6.704GW. Muscat Electricity also launched the operation of three primary substations.