15 July 2014

Nigeria: Solar Technology to Drive Rural Electricity Projects - Nebo

Abuja — Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo has said Federal Government has put in place measures to ensure that henceforth solar technology solution would replace the traditional use of generators as primary source of energy for the rural electrification projects across the country.

Nebo disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja when a group of officers from the Defence Command and Staff College of Bostwana, led by Brigadier Shadrack Moloi visited him.

The minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Godknows Igali said that with improvement in the storage capabilities of solar, it is now possible for rural folks to enjoy basic electricity throughout the night, that would provide them basic lighting.

He said the ministry would soon put in place well structured governance that would ensure that electricity users are made to pay some amount into a pool that will be channeled towards minor replacements and maintenance.

He also identified the need for training of locals in the maintenance of solar panels and other ancillary facilities, adding that solar power is not only sustainable, but also renewable hence far better than generators with diesel, describing this as unsuitable in view of modern development in the solar technology.

Responding to a question about privatization, as the profit motive of the new owners could make electricity un-affordable, the Minister said, "Nigeria has in place an effective regulatory framework the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) which has a fixed tariff structure, not the new owners".

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