First Umuavulu Solar Installation Goes To Eziagu
Conversations for the first “regular family” solar installation in Umuavulu began in earnest in mid-March 2020. Prior to this installation, the only family, that we are aware of, that had solar power installed at their home was the family of the ex-minister, Mrs. Akuabata Njeze. Consequently, the impending solar power installation at Eziagu, Umuavulu is a major milestone, amidst the extended blackouts in the village imposed by EEDC or Enugu Electricity Distribution Company in retaliation for nonpayment of inflated estimated bills. With the installation in place, the benefiting family rejects the extended blackouts and refuses to be part of the EEDC drama.
The customer appeared to know exactly what he wanted, but lacked the total funds needed to implement a baseline 1,200 Watts solar system priced at #200,000. Luckily for him, bmpUnited had the solution. bmp financed 50% of the cost, while the customer paid the remaining 50% before installation commenced. Once installed and the solar vendor is paid the full #200,000, the customer was allowed two to three months to repay #100,000 back to bmp. That’s exactly what occurred to implement the first regular home solar installation in Umuavulu. This happened at Eziagu, Umuavulu-ABOR on March 31st, 2020, a date that must be remembered when the history of electricity is written at Umuavulu. With this installation, made possible by bmpUnited’s involvement in the infrastructural development of a community, the community of Umuavulu takes a first step to chip away at the monopoly and chokehold imposed by EEDC on several communities that it serves.