Solar Power Potential in Nigeria
Solar power potential in Nigeria is better bet for Nigerians with abundant free sunshine. Using the country’s deserts and farm land and taking advantage of 320 to 350 sunny days a year, Nigeria could easily generate 5,000 trillion KWh of solar energy.
In other words, Nigeria could easily install around 1,000 GW of #solar generation — equivalent to 40 times the current peak power demand (about 25 GW) — using just 0.5 percent of its land. In addition, Nigeria can produce over 100 GW from wind power.
It’s no longer news that there is fuel price crisis in the world and in Nigeria. With Iran planning to push about a million barrel a day in the already oversaturated market, the future of further exploration of crude in Nigeria doesn’t look that good. As a matter of fact, the United States, which used to be a major buyer of Nigerian crude has now doubled their domestic production leaving Nigeria with little option than to drive down our price and search for new market in Asia.
The present crisis may only create a future boom in the coming years or decades but the truth remains that fossil fuel isn’t renewable, the wells will someday dry off!
So, we have seen that the future of #solar energy in Nigeria is extremely bright. The question remains whether it is the government or the private sector that should take the lead in the renewable energy source distribution. The answer is very clear in our present mixed economy system but the truth remains that the government must pass favorite policies that will only boost the production and distribution of clean electricity to everyone.
Nigeria has already taken positive steps by announcing very aggressive goals to meet 40 percent of its energy needs through #renewables by 2020. I firmly believe that, with favorable policies and strategic economic investments, Nigeria could meet all its energy needs through installation of #solar power systems across the country by 2040.
At the signing of the Nigeria/UK #Solar Energy Partnership held in London, the Nigeria Vice President stated – “Nigeria will be the place where all of the example of #Solar power system as alternative source of energy will be set for the rest of Africa. We are really looking forward to.”