Nigeria Quest For Renewable Energy
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Nigeria Quest For Renewable Energy By Dr Kenny Odugbemi

Nigeria's power infrastructure is dominated by polluting grid connected fossil based power system

Nigeria suffer acute shortage of 40% on grid  customer receiving unreliable and inconsistent power below thier demand

The trust behind renewable energy is to reduce carbon emmision, accessibility,availability reliability, affordability to underserved areas that cut across 

Urban industrial 

Urban residential estate 

Urban poor in surbub areas of  Cities,town etc 

There is need to build right ecosystem for deployment of clean energy using technology 

These will neccessitate building local human capacity -well trained technicians as installers and commissioning officers with right skills and competence,this is another job opportunities for the unemployment youth

The need for industrial development can not be overemphasized to safe our fragile economy 

Present administration has pledge to increased nominal power grid supply to about 6000MGW ,extendable by deployment of other isolated Solar grid to areas not cover by existing transmission and distribution supply across Nigeria bearing in.mind the epileptic transmission grid managed by the government and distribution sector privatized to non performers without insufficient investment, mismanaged meter distribution, institution of estimated bill there is need to augment with more reliable Solar energy 

Government intervention 

Reset the policy

Facilitate and Incentivise deregulation across the Subnationals

Expidite action on light out project across regions and states 

Clear unpaid debt to gas supplier 

Ensure licenced service providers operating at gas flare zone commence operation make additional gas capacity readily available 

It is noteworthy to commend government for unbundling TransCo into two sections 

System operation 


We now have National grid wholesale market and retail service network across 36states including Abuja

Value chain opportunities in renewable energy 

Building local manufacturing capacity to provide affordable products 

Local fabrication of solar battery 

Building local assembly of lithium battery (Nasarawa state as prototype)

Government support required

Solar manufacturing unit need direct intervention by government in order to facilitate the reduction price of Solar energy 

Need to encourage and Incentivising start up through financial institution at single digit rate

Facilitate deployment of different model and technology 

Reduce tarrif of components 

Incentivising production of component assembly 

Encourage DFI's to build independent Solar farm grid across 36states including Abuja 

Encourage Donor to derisk the renewable market 

Institution to offer financing solution using skill selling customers to onboard technology for improved productivity

Further benefits of Solar 

Agric value chain 

Providing Solar cold storage to extend food shelf life this will provide food abundance that will further reduce 47% food inflation to single digits


Renewable energy will bring people to energy ladder that will facilitate easy deployment 

Build new business that require access to energy 

We need solar farm grid to contribute to our existing National grid this can be in the following 

Mini grid technology interconnected through integrated network 

Increasing amount of energy generation outside grid is sarcocant 

The need to provide power to people to increase productivity can not be over emphasized


The text highlights the importance of renewable energy in Nigeria, specifically solar energy, to reduce carbon emissions, increase accessibility, and provide reliable and affordable power to underserved areas. It emphasizes the need for a supportive ecosystem, local human capacity building, and government intervention to facilitate deployment and deregulation.

Rating: 8.5/10


- Strengths:

    - Clear emphasis on renewable energy's benefits

    - Identification of key challenges and solutions

    - Encouragement of local manufacturing and assembly

    - Recognition of government's role in facilitating growth

- Weaknesses:

    - Some points may be repetitive or overlapping