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Nigeria, Germany explore alternative energy solutions


Solar panels. PHOTO: AFP

To address gaps in the country’s epileptic power supply, Germany has concluded plans to partner with Nigeria to offer renewable energy, as a sustainable, cheap and climate friendly alternative to bridge the country’s huge energy deficit.

At the Germany energy conference that held recently in Lagos, the Deputy Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ms. Alexandra Herr, said: “Germany boasts of a long history of economic, political and trade affiliations that cut across sectors as agriculture, food processing and manufacturing, spanning over 160 years”.

Though Nigeria is known to offer the biggest decentralized renewable energy market in sub-Saharan Africa with tons of untapped potential in that regard, “cooperation in the field of energy in particular has remained an integral part of both countries’ bilateral relations,” said Herr.


Herr continued: “Programmes, partnerships and initiatives such as the Nigerian-German Energy Partnership (NGEP, enacted in 2008) and the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) of the GIZ have contributed to improving Nigeria’s energy landscape in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency,”

Indeed, the one-day energy conference showcased the expertise and latest energy solutions from Germany, and provided a forum for prime networking, experts opinions on ideal hybrid renewable energy sources (solar, biogas, CNG etc), dialogues on current developments and the policy environment for smart energy solutions in Nigeria, with focus on renewable energies and hybrid energy solutions for industrial and commercial use.

The aim of the trade mission according to the Deputy Delegate of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria (AHK Nigeria), Duke Benjamin, was to provide a platform for bilateral business collaboration between German manufacturers and their Nigerian counterparts, promote technical/projects partnerships, technology transfer and adaptation, and exports promotion.

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