Developers submit response to Expression of Interest
- The developers were given 30 days to prepare and submit an expression of interest.
- REA setup an evaluation committee to evaluate the submissions
- They used a transparent process ensured through formal observers
This is the first step in the application process whereby prospective developers are given 30 days to prepare and submit an expression of interest. This is the first step to determine if prospective developers meet the minimum requirements to qualify for the following round. Developers submit basic information on their balance sheet, and experience in deploying mini-grids. This information is submitted online via a portal hosted by REA and hard copies are also submitted to the REA in line with Nigeria’s Public Procurement Act of 2007.
In parallel to developers preparing their expression of interest, an evaluation committee is established by REA. This committee is composed of REA staff members from different departments. To ensure full transparency of the process, security personnel from the Department of State Security, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, as well as representatives from multilateral development organisations and members of civil society act as observers when the committee evaluates the expression of interest received.
In the first bidding window, 94 applications were received for mini-grids, 87 for SHS and 61 for grid extension – totaling 242.