Nigeria is planning for additional 2,5mw of renewable energy by 2015

Solar is expected to contribute 117MW by 2015

Solar is expected to contribute 117MW by 2015

The federal government of Nigeria is planning to implement a policy that will see the country add 2,483 megawatts of electricity into its national grid by 2015 from renewable energy sources.

This is according to Director of the Electrical Inspectorate Services (EIS), Mr Abayomi Adebisi, during presentation of a Renewable Energy and Efficiency Policy (draft) to stakeholders. These stakeholders are expected to appraise the plan before it is escalated to the Federal Executive Council. Implementation of this policy will be crucial to pursuing this agenda. GIZ, a Germany enterprise has provided the grant and technical support to develop the policy.

Energy mix

Nigeria is also planning to have 1.3 percent of its energy mix come from renewable energy alternatives by 2015. In addition to the targeted 2,483MW, the country has goals of generating 8,188MW by 2020 and 23,134MW by 2030.

Nigeria will also be expected to reaching another aggressive target of 8 percent of its power coming from renewable energy alternatives by 2020, and 16% by 2030.

Adebisi has also said that the country will be sourcing 2,121MW and 140MW from large and small hydropower plants by 2015. Solar is expected to contribute 117MW.

He added, that 30 documents were pulled from people who had once done something on renewable energy, in order to develop the policy. He added that the draft, which was developed by a committee of experts, was last year approved by the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREE). Lagos has also announced the desire to explore nuclear energy to ease power supply tension.




2 Responses to Nigeria is planning for additional 2,5mw of renewable energy by 2015

  1. Vicky Pane says:

    Note: Large hydro dams produce electricity, but also they accelerate climate change with two degrees. Megahydro provides of lots of power with relatively little expense, but environment advocates often oppose projects because they drown significant amounts of otherwise valuable land, erasing cultural resources and drowning entire ecosystems and produce methane.
    Especially in tropical area. Please consider

  2. Lanre Okanlawon says:

    For many decades, the proportion of Nigeria’s population without access to the nation’s power grid has always been between 40 to 60 percent. As a result, the federal government proactively launched its power sector reforms in 2010 which was aimed to be a catalyst for growth and to improve the standard of living of Nigerians. This conspicuously included solar energy as one of the main alternative sources of energy to be harnessed.

    With very favourable natural conditions and increasing energy demand, solar in Nigeria is justified. Her population, 170 million people, further reinforces the economic prospects and boundless market opportunities available. These, amongst many, are some noteworthy indicators which will play significant roles in developing the solar marketplace in Africa’s number one economy.

    Read more in renewable energy opportunities blossoming in Nigeria

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