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First City Monument Bank has offered N10m loan to Small and Medium Scale enterprises as well as households to acquire clean energy equipment such as solar panels, batteries, inverters, and others.
According to a statement from the bank, the loan called FCMB Energy Finance Loan, was designed to help homes and small businesses like hospitals, schools, restaurants, bars, stores, hotels, and fashion places keep life and work going by using clean energy.
Commenting on the energy loan product, the Managing Director of FCMB, Yemisi Edun, described it as “Another bold intervention by the lender to unlock the potential of the renewable and clean energy sector, provide relief to Nigerians, and encourage clean energy.”
She said: “Access to energy drives economic growth and development. The FCMB Energy Finance offering is a reaffirmation of our commitment to eco-friendly energy finance to fight climate change, drive the growth of businesses, improve the quality of life, and accelerate development through environmentally sustainable energy solutions.
“With the removal of the petrol subsidy, more Nigerians are focusing on alternative energy sources to power their homes and businesses.
“We will continue to scale up our support to individuals and businesses to enable the country to take full advantage of the opportunities in these areas for the overall benefit of humanity.’’
The Bank upgraded the product to lessen the impact of reduced subsidies on traditional fossil fuels, which has caused a rise in petrol prices across the country, given the pervasive use of small gasoline generators to power households and small businesses.
In his comment, the Group Head of Business Banking at FCMB, Mr. George Ogbonnaya, said “We understand the challenges individuals and businesses face in securing funding to provide clean and sustainable power.
Applauding the product, the President of the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria, Mr. Ayo Ademilua, said: “The energy finance loan is innovative and coming at the right time when the market needs alternative energy solutions mostly due to PMS price increase.”(www.naija247news.com).