Why Nigeria cannot adopt solar power now – Best Okereke
Best Nnadozie Okereke, a director at Goodey Best Multi-Biz Limited has been into the business of solar energy since 2018. He sells and installs solar power of different molds and capacities. Strictly speaking, he is a solar power engineer who knows his onions. In a recent interview he speaks on the advantages of solar energy and why Nigeria cannot adopt it for now into the national grid
According to him, “Solar power is a 100% clean, renewable energy source. It reduces reliance on oil, coal and natural gas for electricity production. These fossil fuels produce harmful emissions that affect the quality of air, water and soil, and are responsible for global warming. Solar power is pollution free and causes no greenhouse gases to be emitted after installation. Reduced dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels. Renewable clean power that is available every day of the year, even cloudy days produce some power.”
on the disadvantages, he states, “It can not be used in absence of the light from any source. It incurs very high initial cost for installation. During cloudy weather, less power is being generated and a very large geographical area is needed in order to deploy solar panels or cells.”
In the tropical region such as Nigeria, many have wondered why solar cannot be an alternative source of power instead of the hydro dependent source which is fraught with challenges.
Best Nnadozie Okereke says, “Well, because solar materials are not cheap, it makes it difficult for more people to subscribe to it. Many people find it difficult to remove such bulk money for installation of renewable energy. That is why we introduced a package called “Get Solar Pay Later”. Where our customers choose from our product packages or we build a custom solar system that suits their needs. We reach an agreement with them on the price and ‘get solar pay later’ offer terms. Make a 45% deposit payment of the total cost of the system. Installation of the solar energy system commences immediately after deposit payment.They pay balance for the next 3 months after which the system is out-rightly theirs.”
Best Okereke also avers they have powered over 1000 homes since 2018. According to him, Goodey Best is one of few companies to have embraced best practices in executing medium and small-scale solar projects.
“We have executed various levels of projects including supply, design, testing, commissioning, operation and maintenance. The utility scale solar farm projects of Vertical solar in Nigeria has proven to be one of the most beneficial projects for the end user with the highest energy generation and thereby the return on investment,” he adds.
Best Nnadozie Okereke runs Goodey Best group from Ukwulu Anambda State with offices in Anambra and Enugu.
Best Nnadozie Okereke is an Igbo businessman and entrepreneur, from Okigwe local government area of Imo State. He is alumnus of Anambra State University (now Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University) Igbariam Campus.
He was born May 19, 1993. He attended the DENGRAM; Dennis Memorial Grammar School, in Onitsha, Anambra state where he did his junior secondary school before moving to Federal Government college in Enugu for senior secondary school.
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