The Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (R.E.A.N) has said that the country might turn to solar to
generate more of its power.
According to the Executive Secretary of R.E.A.N, Goodwin Aigbokhan, Senators in Abuja are expected to
make a decision on the allocation of $30 million to solar projects in the 2017 budget, this month. This,
he said, will be used to fund off-grid solar projects, photo voltaic manufacturing, and transmission upgrades.
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“It just gives you an idea of how the government sees solar as part of the total energy mix,” he added.
Nigeria is part of a growing list of OPEC countries increasing the use of green power, Bloomberg reports.
A study by German developing agency, G.I.Z, has shown that households and small businesses in the country
currently spend about $21.8 billion annually powering diesel generators so as to have access to electricity.
The Federal Government said it wants to increase the contribution of renewable to its energy mix from
13% in 2015 to 23% by 2025. In this framework, the Niger Delta Power Company in January signed an
agreement with Azuri Technologies to provide power systems for 20,000 rural households without access
to the grid. According to Yemi Osinbajo, acting President, this deal falls in line with the government’s
commitment to boost access to electricity.