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‘Nigeria will surpass Africa’s renewable energy target by 2020’

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With surveys showing the adoption of solar and inverter technologies by Nigerians have increased, experts believe the development could enable Nigeria surpass Africa’s renewable energy target of 2020.

According to a renewable energy expert, and Managing Director, Cloud Energy Photoelectric Limited, Theophilus Nweke, the fact has been that more young and middle aged professionals, spurred by necessity and without any nudging from the government, are getting over the frustrations of electricity supply by switching to solar. This is similar to what happened with portable water where every other home owns a treated borehole.

Nweke said increasing the supply of renewable energy would allow the country to replace carbon-intensive energy sources and significantly reduce global warming emissions.

Recall that in 2016 African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s development (NEPAD), with other international agencies focused on renewable energy set a target of 2020, for Africa to expand the renewable energy capacities as well as achieve universal access.

In Nigeria, the target was accepted with doubts given the nation’s failures to meet all previous set development targets. However, the country looks set to spring a surprise according to a survey that led to the launch of the Cloud Energy Solar Access Programme, which is being pushed by Cloud Energy Photoelectric.

Nweke said the Cloud Energy Solar Access Programme supports this trend by removing the barrier of high costs with up to 12-month payment plan for Solar and Inverter bundles designed to create easier and effective access to solar energy.

The Cloud Energy boss explained that the Solar Access Programme is for all Nigerians, employed and self-employed, who own homes or live in  a rented apartment, for big and small offices, schools, cooperatives, churches, mosques, banks, military and para-military institutions.

Nweke informed that the Solar Access Programme is also designed to educate the public on the benefits of using Solar as a means of quickening the pace of the nation towards the attainment of the renewable energy goals of 2020.

“The programme contributes to the fight against climate change and would create thousands of jobs in the clean energy sector. Other benefits include a substantial reduction on electric bills even if they are estimated, increased productivity and 24/7 entertainment. He urged Nigerians, individuals and corporate to key into the Cloud Energy Solar Access Programme to become active participants in nation building.”

From his perspectives, a telecoms expert, Kehinde Aluko, said human activity is overloading the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, and other global warming emissions, which trap heat, steadily drive up the planet’s temperature, and create significant and harmful impacts on our health, our environment, and our climate. “But we see positivity in renewable energy, which if well invested can aid Nigeria and other countries still battling to generate power.”

Aluko noted that generating electricity from renewable energy rather than fossil fuels offers significant public health benefits.

“The air and water pollution emitted by coal and natural gas plants is linked to breathing problems, neurological damage, heart attacks, and cancer. Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy has been found to reduce premature mortality and lost workdays, and it reduces overall healthcare costs,” he added.



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