Firm trains over 200 engineers on off-grid energy technology

Solar panels

An indigenous solar product company, ASTEVEN, says it has trained over 200 young Nigerian electrical engineers in solar technology design, installation and maintenance.

The President of ASTEVEN, Dr Sunny Akpoyibo, disclosed this in Abuja in an interview.

“We built a centre of excellence and a training centre first of its kind with all the machines to test all equipment we are talking about. Why do we do that?

“Because we want to build capacity, we train on renewable energy and energy efficiency, we train about installation, maintenance, we train about design.

“How can we build capacity when there is no support, we are doing our best. We are opening up.

“Now we have trained over 200 students without paying any money. This is part of our contribution and today they are certified installers.”

He called on governments at all levels to develop the capacity of young engineers interested in taking up trade in renewable energy sector.

“They need to also encourage, either by incentives, private developers who want to build a renewable energy centre for training of engineers.

“We also need the ministry of Power to help develop advocacy that not just nobody should claim to be a solar engineer without having had the necessary training.’’

Amaka E. Nliam