Nigeria Needs Renewable Energy But Development Stymied

Nigeria must extend its national electricity grid and embrace off-grid renewable energy systems such as solar PV, wind and small hydroelectric facilities for remote areas and mini grids.

LAGOS, Nigeria, NG, 2001-12-11 [] Less than half of the residents in Nigeria have access to electricity, with the majority of unserved households in rural areas, a national workshop on ‘Creating demand and removing barriers to renewable energy development’ was told. I.H. Umar, director general of the Energy Commission of Nigeria, says renewable energy resources are available in the rural areas where the energy demand is quite suitable for such technologies. The economic potential of the rural Nigerian population is untapped and, as a result of logistic problems, grid extensions alone will not be able to meet the national rural electrification objectives in an affordable and sustainable manner. The Energy Commission has started a number of pilot renewable energy projects throughout Nigeria, and has developed policy recommendations in favour of renewable energy technologies in the draft national energy policy, as well as documented a number of recommended policy incentives for the development of renewable energy markets in the country, A World Bank representative told the workshop that there are several significant barriers to renewable energy development , suggesting that import duties and other fiscal incentives are a serious financial barrier, while supply chains are weak where they exist at all. He suggested that for years the structure of the power sector has not allowed private development of renewable energy resources.
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