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FG to Inject Fresh N701bn in Solar Energy!

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Solar energy breaks more grounds as the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, Tuesday announced federal government’s plans to provide renewable power supply (solar power) for no fewer than one million households in rural communities that are not connected to the national grid.

Osinbajo who made this disclosure at the Nigerian Renewable Energy Roundtable organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) at the Presidential Villa, said the plan would foster economic growth and would be implemented in phases.

According to him, the first phase will take off with supply in 20,000 homes with additional 20,000 households to guarantee target beneficiaries’ access to power supply and consequently create jobs.

He recalled how a rural setting, Wuna, in Gwagwalada Local Government of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which he said was hitherto not connected to the national grid, secured access to power supply through renewable energy initiative championed by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC).

He also disclosed that the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) was developing an energy database that would reflect community locations and energy demand profiles, which he said would in turn save time and money for solar home system/solar mini grid providers.

Describing the move as a step towards restructuring the power sector to pave the way for availability of renewable energy, Osinbajo also disclosed federal government’s move to alter the gridlock in the liquidity of the entire electricity value chain through the recent approval of N701 billion by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

“We are doing 20,000 more homes in this first phase of this exercise and another 20,000 households to provide access to lighting and electric power for small devices. The plan is to expand the solar home system programme to one million households, creating a few more million jobs.

“The federal government through the Rural Electrification Agency is developing an energy database that will show community locations and energy demand profiles, which in turn saves solar home system/solar mini grid providers time and money because we have already identified the communities beforehand.
The Wuna home solar project is an example of how we can creatively and aggressively provide power to our people by this pragmatic approach to our energy mix.
“We are convinced that renewable energy probably offers us the most sustainable means of increasing energy access to those who have no electricity and have no immediate hope of being connected to the national grid.

“We want to embark on a broader restructuring of the electricity sector and strive to achieve a more systematic development of power market design especially for the renewable energy. To do that, we need a framework that brings together all stakeholders towards ensuring that renewable energy becomes a real engine of growth for the Nigerian economy.

“We have mentioned several of the plans, the power sector plans and so many of those initiatives. The latest is to break the gridlock in the liquidity of the entire electricity value chain and so, our payment assurance system of over N701 billion has been approved by the FEC and in fact, the first payment has been made and we are going to make up the second payment.

“We hope that we free up that value chain which has created several problems of its own and we hope that this injection will help. We are also looking at several other reforms in the sector hoping that the market can become self-sustaining, independent and run on its own and free up all of the private sector energy that is waiting to come into the market.

“So as a multi-stakeholder platform, the Nigerian Renewable Energy Roundtable therefore has its work cut out for it. I believe it is to champion this new vision for renewable energy and ensure that we can translate theory to practise for the greater good of the Nigerian people,” he said.
In his submission, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said the ministry in collaboration with the private sector had relentlessly pursued alternative energy sources and would sustain the move because of its tendency to enhance diversification.

He added that concentration on renewable energy would be beneficial to rural areas and also help to create jobs as contained in the recently launched Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) adding that diversification could only be successful in an atmosphere of renewable energy.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, pledged the National Assembly’s preparedness to provide all required regulatory frameworks to serve as the legal backing for renewable energy initiative.

 

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Where were you the day solar power came to ASTEC, Owerrinta?

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Over the weekend AWPS Renewable Energy was at Adventist Secondary Technical College in Owerrinta to introduce the students to solar power.

As Nigeria’s #1 provider of premium quality solar power, we believe that it is incumbent on us to groom the next generation of solar enthusiasts. And the best place to start is with our children.

My wife, Mrs Ann Suzette Onwuasoanya had done some STEM related work with the school under the leadership of the old principal Dr. KCK Nwangwa and we are continuing with the new leadership.

We are excited to work with the new principal Mr. Nwaejike. We will also be working with assistant Principal Chioma Ogwuma and Life Science instructor Ifeanyi Azode to bring the magic of solar power to the students as directed by Mr. Nwaejike. The new principal is a forward thinker that quickly grasped the opportunity that this presented to the institution.

The principal was thankful and hoped AWPS Renewable Energy LTD, would do more to support the school in the future.

As part of the program AWPS Renewable Energy’s initial donation is

one 100 watt solar panel,

one 200 AH 12 V battery,

one PWM charge controller and

a few hours a quarter of our technical associates time.

In addition to learning how solar works and how to make the connections the students will conduct an energy audit of the school to learn how we can reduce the schools electricity consumption. Working with our company, they will design an alternative to their generator and build a working prototype.

We are very excited at the opportunity to not only give back but to create the next generation of energy experts.

Why have you not gone solar?

Source Christopher Onwuasoanya (President of AWPS Renewable Energy Ltd)

 

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Has power outage snuffed life out of your Home or Business?

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Why haven’t you gone solar?  For many residents of Alimosho Local Council, especially those living around Ikotun, Igando, Isheri and Iyana-Ipaja, electricity supply from noisy power-generating sets has been their only source of power in the last seven months.

For them, the Ikeja Electricity Company, the power distribution company that should be supplying them electricity only exists by name.

Findings revealed that most of these residents do not even know the reason behind the blackout. This is because transformers in their domain are not faulty, neither is any of the high-tension cables damaged.

Ironically, until the residents kicked against exploitation by the distribution company and refused to pay any electricity bills, the distribution company still expected them to pay their monthly electricity bills.

Right now, the power outage has not only affected businesses in the affected areas, social life in the communities has been ruined.

Mrs. Mojiola Adekiyesi, a hair stylist, who resides at Ijegun, said the power outage has snuffed life out of her business.

According to her, since cannot afford to power her generating set all-day long, some of her customers are looking for alternative outfits to do business with.

“Apart from hairdressing, I sell drinks too, and customers prefer cold drinks. So, when the drinks are not cold, people just go for alternatives. So, if there is anything that can be done to restore public power supply in this area, I will be really glad.”

For Miss Emmanuella Okoye, who lives in Ikotun, the continuous power outage has forced residents to take steps in order not to be “left in the dark.”

“For instance, we all go about with our mobile phones and chargers at night looking for where to charge these devices for a fee. Every now and then, I spend N50 to charge my mobile phone and torchlight. The most annoying thing is the fact that they still bring electricity bills for us to pay.

“Sometimes at midnight, we are supplied electricity for only a few minutes just in a bid to justify supply, and when we refuse to pay the crazy bills that they come up with at the end of the month, they just come around and get affected persons disconnected. At some point, I stopped paying the electricity bills because I can’t be spending money on services that I am not enjoying. I am tired of this area.”

On his part, Mr. Uche Nwabodo, who lives in Isheri, said “We don’t see light at all, and it affects what I do. When you talk of light in this area, it is nothing to write home about.”

Mr. Chibueze Okeke, living in Igando, sells frozen chicken and fish. Okeke said he does not rely on the disco for supply of electricity. “I have a solar power system of 7kva inverter and 5KW in panels and 4 batteries installed.  I run on this system from morning till night, reason I had all my goods chilled and frozen, I don’t have to get worried about NEPA                    Source: TheGaurdian

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Has power outage snuffed life out of your Home or Business?

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Why haven’t you gone solar?  For many residents of Alimosho Local Council, especially those living around Ikotun, Igando, Isheri and Iyana-Ipaja, electricity supply from noisy power-generating sets has been their only source of power in the last seven months.

For them, the Ikeja Electricity Company, the power distribution company that should be supplying them electricity only exists by name.

Findings revealed that most of these residents do not even know the reason behind the blackout. This is because transformers in their domain are not faulty, neither is any of the high-tension cables damaged.

Ironically, until the residents kicked against exploitation by the distribution company and refused to pay any electricity bills, the distribution company still expected them to pay their monthly electricity bills.

Right now, the power outage has not only affected businesses in the affected areas, social life in the communities has been ruined.

Mrs. Mojiola Adekiyesi, a hair stylist, who resides at Ijegun, said the power outage has snuffed life out of her business.

According to her, since cannot afford to power her generating set all-day long, some of her customers are looking for alternative outfits to do business with.

“Apart from hairdressing, I sell drinks too, and customers prefer cold drinks. So, when the drinks are not cold, people just go for alternatives. So, if there is anything that can be done to restore public power supply in this area, I will be really glad.”

For Miss Emmanuella Okoye, who lives in Ikotun, the continuous power outage has forced residents to take steps in order not to be “left in the dark.”

“For instance, we all go about with our mobile phones and chargers at night looking for where to charge these devices for a fee. Every now and then, I spend N50 to charge my mobile phone and torchlight. The most annoying thing is the fact that they still bring electricity bills for us to pay.

“Sometimes at midnight, we are supplied electricity for only a few minutes just in a bid to justify supply, and when we refuse to pay the crazy bills that they come up with at the end of the month, they just come around and get affected persons disconnected. At some point, I stopped paying the electricity bills because I can’t be spending money on services that I am not enjoying. I am tired of this area.”

On his part, Mr. Uche Nwabodo, who lives in Isheri, said “We don’t see light at all, and it affects what I do. When you talk of light in this area, it is nothing to write home about.”

Mr. Chibueze Okeke, living in Igando, sells frozen chicken and fish. Okeke said he does not rely on the disco for supply of electricity. “I have a solar power system of 7kva inverter and 5KW in panels and 4 batteries installed.  I run on this system from morning till night, reason I had all my goods chilled and frozen, I don’t have to get worried about NEPA                    Source: TheGaurdian

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Our quality Solutions for grid-tie backup & off-grid Solar

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Conext XW+ is One solution for grid-tie backup and off-grid solar power (230 VAC)

This Inverter is an adaptable single-phase and three-phase hybrid inverter with grid-tie functionality and dual AC power inputs. Available solar charge controllers, monitoring, and automated generator control modules enable further adaptability. From a single Conext XW+ unit to clusters up to 102 kW, the Conext XW+ is a callable system that allows for the integration of solar capacity as required.

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Adaptable and scalable, the Schneider Electric Conext XW+ system is the one solution for grid-interactive and off-grid, residential and commercial, solar and backup power applications.

 

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 It is perfect for off-grid, backup power and self-consumption applications, it is a pure sine wave, hybrid inverter system with switchable 50/60 Hz frequencies, providing power for every need. For expanded off-grid capacity, the Conext SW is integrated with fuel-based generators as required to support loads larger than the generator’s output. It’s also self-consumption ready, able to prioritize solar consumption over the grid, while maintaining zero grid export.

 The Conext SW works with the grid to avoid peak utility charges and support the grid when utility supply is limited. Accessories include pre-wired universal DC distribution panel and AC distribution panels. Stacking two Conext SW units will double the system’s total output power and available solar charge controllers allow for the integration of solar capacity as required. 

We have installed over 60 solar power projects in 13 States, the F.C.T and one in Accra Ghana. We always installed to meet American and European toughest code.

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Mozambique develops First Solar Power Plant!

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Mozambique is gearing up to develop its first solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant, funded by a consortium of financiers.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has promised $19 million in funding as part of a $55 million package to support the new utility in Mocuba, Africa Times reported.

According to Africa Times, in addition to the IFC pledge, the funds include $19 million from Climate Investment Funds, and a loan of up to $17 million.

 “The signing of the Mocuba financing is a great achievement for EdM and Mozambique’s electricity sector,” said Mateus Magala, Chairman of EdM.

Magala extended his gratitude to the financing partners for “their excellent cooperation and the hard work in getting the project to this important milestone.”

According to the IFC, this project is part of broader efforts to promote private investment and help bring reliable and clean electricity to consumers while diversifying the energy mix in an effort with long-term climate change impacts in view, Africa Times reported.

Mozambique’s state-owned power utility, EDM, will procure the generated power through a signed 25-year power purchase agreement.

Media explained: “The plant is being developed by Scatec Solar, headquartered in Norway, and the local Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) utility, along with the Norfund development finance agency.

“Other financial support comes from the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), with a grant from the Technical Assistance Fund of the Private Infrastructure Development Group.”

In November last year, the international independent solar power producer, Scatec Solar declared that in partnership with Norfund, they have secured the sale of solar power over a 25-year period to the state-owned utility EDM.

The plant is expected to deliver 77,000MWh per year of electricity to the northern regions of the country and produce enough energy to serve about 175,000 households.

Source: EsiAfrica

 

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Environmentalist Tasks FG on Solar Energy

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An environmental activist, Mr. Nnimo Bassey, has urged the Federal Government to  invest the money for the proposed nuclear power  project into solar power generation.


Bassey, stated this recently at the University of Port Harcourt, during an  event on Peace, Nuclear Power and Types of Conflicts.
He said most times, the country proposes things without thinking  about the money involved.
“The thing is that the power  that this nuclear  project will generate for the country can be easily generated from solar installation”, he said.
According to him, solar energy is safer and can be put in place without much expenses.
The activist further stressed that, such monies could be used, for renewable power development.
“if you have nuclear power, you must depend on the national grid, but with solar, you can target communities and neighborhoods that do not have transmission lines”, he said.
He added that, with such an arrangement Nigeria could be adequately electrified.
Also speaking at the event, Mr. Chris Wear, said he is not in support of the plan for the Federal Government to build “nuclear plant in the country.
Wear, who bared his mind after shortly after a speech he delivered explained, that nuclear plants lead to radiations and leaks that are extremely dangerous, to the environment and health of the people.
“Nuclear power creates energy which leads to the production of a nuclear bomb and  leaks can lead to radiations and expose health hazards  to the populace”, he said.
According to him, nuclear plants are not suitable for developing  countries like Nigeria.

Source; thetide

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No Power,  No Growth – Dangote

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The President/Chief Executive of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has urged Nigeria leaders to address as a matter of urgency, the problem of power supply if the country wants to grow like others in the western world.

Speaking as one of the panelists at a forum organized by the World Bank Group and the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) in Accra, Ghana, with the aim of scaling up private sector investment in Africa, Dangote singled out the unavailability and erratic supply of power across the country as the biggest impediment to Africa’s growth, advising governments to invest massively in renewables like solar and wind to drive growth in Nigeria power sector.

According to him, “No power, no growth. We need to make sure we tackle the issue of power,” the leading industrialist said at the first panel discussion at the Development Finance Forum.

He added that small businesses on the continent can never survive without stable power since the income or revenue generated is used in purchasing diesel to power and service generators.

“Meanwhile, these generators are meant to be backup or standby. But now, the generators are those that are providing consistent power and the grid is now standby,” he lamented.

He cited local examples to corroborate his point. “For example, the entire state of Kano, with a population of 21 million people, has a power supply of less than 35 megawatts from the grid. He laid emphases on the importance of renewable energy. He sees solar and wind as solution towards tackling the problems faced within the power sector. These are the issues we need to address. We must make sure that power is available, if not businesses cannot grow.”

Dangote Group has a joint venture agreement with the Black Rhino Group to develop a $5 billion (about N1 trillion) energy infrastructure in Africa.
Black Rhino is a subsidiary of the Black Stone Group, the world’s current largest Private Equity and Asset Management Company.
The joint venture agreement is already looking into setting up power plants in Kano and Abuja.

Source: ThisDay

 

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Industrial Use of Solar In Nigeria.

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The Nigerian Economic Summit Group has urged stakeholders in the private sector to invest in solar and other sources of renewable energy to run their industries to minimize cost

The development of solar and other renewable energy sources through off grid will enhance low carbon growth in the country says experts yesterday during word environmental day

It was said that if industrialists and other business owners used solar and other means of renewable energy to operate their equipment, it would go a long way in reducing carbon emissions in Nigeria.

Today in Nigeria, some small business owners and telecommunication kiosks in Lagos had started using solar to run their businesses.

The chairman of the event said it is important for relevant stakeholders to emulate these solar power system innovations in order to support the Federal Government in tackling climate change.

President Muhammadu Buhari recently signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in New York.

Egbuche said low carbon growth was capable of leveraging the ecosystem for cost efficiency.

To this end, the development of solar and other means of renewable energy through off grid would enable telecoms to drive technology into rural and urban communities,’’

According to her, low carbon growth drives rural economy through off grid power by generating power using water wheels without need for dams.  Source: Von

 

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How Big & Reliable is your Battery Bank?

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To sustain the growth profile of alternative energy systems like solar power, experts have stressed the need for the deployment of effective and quality energy storage systems like batteries.

However, there is an area of concern that seems to be challenging among a small but vocal number of customers. Because solar panels generate electricity only when exposed to sunlight, they are heavily reliant on an energy storage medium to store the power generated during the day for use at night. This is where batteries become very essential for solar power systems

There had been much development in battery energy storage for solar power applications globally. Batteries have been found to ease the deployment of solar to both the most advanced societies and the most remote parts of the world.

A typical solar power system consists of solar panels, a charge controller, inverter, circuit breakers and a bank of batteries. On average, the batteries make up, at least, 45 per cent of the total material cost of a typical solar power system in Nigeria, that is, an off-grid or hybrid solar electricity system.

This is quite understandable due to its significant role of storing power and providing power backup at night or on cloudy days.

Due to lack of technical know-how some installers fall short of taking the necessary steps to determine the suitable battery storage capacities needed by their customers. Failure to do this, results in poor performance and total energy discharge, which ultimately lead to shortened battery life. Many are found in this situation because they failed to engage the service of quality providers.

Apart from achieving power independence, many customers confirm there has been money savings and elimination of noise from generators by going solar using quality batteries like US flooded batteries.

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We offer quality solar power systems that meets American and European electrical code. Our US flooded batteries will serve you for good 6years.

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