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West African Forum for Clean Energy Financing (WAFCLEF): Biogas Energy Development for Secondary Schools

IBB University, Lapai is located in Niger State being one out of the 36 states in central Nigeria, with a population over 4million and land mass of 13, 950km2. Niger State has more than 27 boarding secondary schools housing approximately 1500 population including students and staff. Firewood and kerosene constitute the energy sources used in cooking in kitchens. However most of the left over foods and other biodegradable waste are either dumped at dumping sites or dumped indiscriminately attracting dangerous and harmful animals and also posing a public health hazard serving as a breeding ground for many disease vectors and pathogens. This has recently become unacceptable in such institutions, and therefore the need for proper disposal of waste in homes, institutions and municipalities. The biogas developed by the University manages biodegradable municipal waste and invasive aquatic water lily which serve as a supplement to the waste in the biogas production. Apart from using the biogas for cooking purposes in the identified Secondary Schools, the biogas will also be source for gas burners in the laboratories of the secondary schools. This project award value of up to $1,400,000 has been submitted to the West African Forum for Clean Energy Financing (WAFCLEF) through USAID NIGERIA Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project (REEEP) in January 2017.