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IMG_3926.jpg 20 Dec, 2023

CESEL Commissions Solar-Powered Oil Palm Mill, Borehole in Osun

Community Energy Social Enterprise Limited (CESEL) has further solidified its commitment to community development with the commissioning of a solar-powered oil palm mill and borehole in Osi Community, Osun State.

This latest initiative follows the recent deployment of a 45KW Solar Hybrid Mini Grid to the same community, demonstrating the company’s effort to provide reliable and clean energy access for underserved communities.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, CESEL CEO Dr. Patrick Tolani pledged to further support the community by facilitating the registration of the mill under the National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, ensuring the highest quality standards for their palm oil production.

“This initiative aims to attract the right off-takers and further contribute to the community’s economic development,” he said.

Nigeria, despite its vast oil reserves, has struggled with poor power supply for decades. Over 90 million Nigerians lack access to grid electricity, with rural communities being the most affected. This lack of access stifles economic development and hinders the well-being of millions, a challenge that is estimated to cost businesses about $29 billion yearly, according to the World Bank.

The newly commissioned solar-powered oil mill marks a significant upgrade for Osi’s palm oil production, replacing traditional methods with advanced technology powered by the CESEL-Concerto JV mini-grid. This upgrade is expected to boost palm oil production in the community to an impressive 30,000 liters per day, a significant increase from the previous maximum of about 1,000 liters.