(China-Africa Trade Research Center) Nigeria has the potential to build small off-grid solar power plants on a large scale. The construction of small off-grid solar power stations will promote economic development and employment in rural areas of Nigeria. According to the United States Agency for International Development, more than half of Nigeria’s population, more than two-thirds of the population in rural areas, do not receive normal electricity.
Nigeria’s solar power generation has huge prospects
For Nigeria, building a small off-grid solar power station can provide electricity for 5,000 to 10,000 people. According to institutional surveys, more than 80% of Nigerian entrepreneurs say electricity is the biggest challenge they face. In addition to Tanzania, Nigeria is the fastest country to develop small off-grid solar power plants because the government is very interested and actively supporting it. However, the difficulty of solar power generation in Nigeria still exists. For example, the technology is not mature enough to build a small off-grid solar power station and lack of funds.
According to the China-Africa Trade Research Center, there are insufficient power supplies in many countries in Africa. However, as solar power generation technology becomes more and more mature, many African countries have introduced solar power generation equipment from other countries and started to use solar power to generate electricity, which has alleviated the serious shortage of power supply. Solar power generation is safe and reliable, and will not suffer from energy crisis or instability in the fuel market. It does not require long-distance transportation to reduce operating costs and avoid long-distance transmission lines. As a result, Nigeria’s desire to develop solar power is urgent because of the severe supply of industrial and household electricity in Nigeria. (Edition: China-Africa Trade Research Center)