The premier Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo (NAEE 2011) saw participation from 17 countries representing all 6 continents and 147 registered companies.
It began with a symposium on day one – October 17th where participants where intimated on the intricacies of the Nigerian and indeed the African alternative energy climate with particular emphasis on opportunities, challenges and developments in Nigeria. Several notable speakers and experts from various sectors of the alternative energy divide provided insights to set the tone for the exhibitions and business match-making sessions which took place subsequently. Topics and papers covered during the symposium can be downloaded from our site.
The objective of the Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo is to:
Create a platform for all stakeholders to network and transfer knowledge and skills.
Raise awareness and educate the public about climate change in Nigeria and the World.
Showcase both local and international initiatives and technologies that are at the forefront of renewable energy and climate change resilience.
Mobilise Nigerians across all sectors to act on climate change in all aspects of their lives. Create a platform for Business, Government and NGO’s to showcase Alternative Energy solutions and climate change initiatives and technologies.
Worthy of note also was the intense participation of the World Bank/IFC programme – the Lighting Africa Project, which took the lead alongside partner companies in exhibiting several rigorously tested products that represent the effort to ensure that quality standards are entrenched, and that the end-user who is often vulnerable, only gets durable and dependable products. The Lighting Africa Project held an awareness programme on day two – October 18th where they introduced their programme designed to set standards for the fledgling industry, companies and their products which have successfully passed the standards tests, modalities for participation by interested manufacturers, and benefits of successfully passing these standards tests including, subsidies funded by the World Bank/IFC to ensure affordability at the bottom of the pyramid. More on this can be found on our website www.nigeriaalternativeenergyexpo.org
Companies from Switzerland, Germany, Uganda, China, India, Japan and of course Nigeria to mention just a few also delighted participants with a retinue of innovative products tailored to meet the subsistence energy demands of Nigerian homes including those off-grid (i.e. not on the national electricity grid). It was estimated that a whopping 30 – 50% of Nigerians are not connected to the national grid.
Regulators were also not left out, with the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the Energy Commission, Ministry of Power and Renewable energy programme of the ministry of environment all participants at the Expo. A goodwill message was also received from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) demonstrating the commitment of all stakeholders to Nigeria’s energy sufficiency. All these culminated in the award and presentation of certificates to exhibitors and participants at the Expo on day three – October 19th. For a detailed report on the Expo and a comprehensive brochure on the companies that attended, please see our website address provided herein.
At the symposium, this Expo established and resolved that:
– In spite of concerted action taken by the various governments and their agencies, a lot more needs to be done and as such, government actions must be complimented by an aggressive industry-led revolution that drives the proliferation of energy solutions right across the nation and continent.
– A match must be made between manufacturers, their distributors on one hand, and the financial services industry and the end-users on the other to ensure that much needed products get to those who really need them and are affordable. A microfinance perspective was strongly recommended to catalyze this revolution and ensure maximum spread.
– The World Bank/IFC Lighting Africa Project presents a viable standardization process that should be leveraged to ensure quality is delivered to the end-user in order to prevent apathy to much needed solutions resulting from past experiences with non-durable and non-dependable products. It is a shared objective that we must rid homes of toxic kerosene-based products which are doing immeasurable damage to the users. It was also agreed that,
– The time for inspired action is NOW including a commitment by stakeholders to invest in community enlightenment programmes and other creative corporate social responsibility initiatives to achieve energy sufficiency, as the impact on education, health and the livelihood of beneficiary communities cannot be overemphasized.
The next Event is on the 17th to the 19th September 2012.
Find out more at www.nigeriaalternativeenergyexpo.org