Group seeks investment in renewable energy

Acheme Jack, Kano

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A Non-governmental Organization in Nigeria, Power For All, has called for increased investment in the renewable energy sector to meet the government’s 90 percent energy for all target by 2030.

The Head Strategic Communication of Power for All, Mark Amaza, made the call at the workshop organized in Kano state as part of the Scaling Off Grid Energy (SOGE) project and Decentralization of Renewable Energy, DRE.

“The only way to meet power needs of Nigerians,  overcome the climate change challenges and maintain healthy environment was to embrace renewable energy,” Amaza stated.

He called on government at all levels and financial institutions to come in and grant interested individuals soft loans to afford the renewable energy project and reduce the effect of climate change caused mostly by gas emission.

“The renewable energy project is cheap, affordable for the pocket, faster to deploy and can easily be harnessed in areas where the grid lines cannot be easily accessed like the rural areas.”

“It can easily be used for SMEs even in the remote areas like villages to power their businesses. All they need is assemblage of Solar Panels and the necessary accessories in a Technology Hub or solar farm from where they can be supplied power.” He explained.

He further said that the objective of the workshop was to assess the growth of the DRE sector in the state, the challenges facing the sector in the state, and to assess what follow- up activities and updates that would be needed.

“We are working with federal government’s target for 75 percent Nigerians to have power by the year 2020 and 90 percent by 2030. We also want 1.1 million rural house holds to get electricity every year between now and 2023 and we are trying to work with that target to enable them achieve that goal,” he added.

The Head Planning and Investment Unit of Kano Electricity Distribution Company, KEDCO, Engr. Yunusa Daneji, noted that the workshop on DRE was timely and would also serve as an eye opener to participants on how  to increase energy access particularly in rural areas.

He also dispelled the notion that grid distribution companies were not comfortable with the rise of decentralized renewables as Nigeria’s Mini Grid Regulations had made adequate provisions on how mini-grids and DISCOs could partner through interconnected mini-grids.

Representative of Kano State Ministry of water resources, Kawu Ali,  said there are areas already earmarked in Madobi  local government area for Solar project by the state government and other areas by private firms and  when completed would improve electricity generation, provide electricity to water works and boost economic activities in the state.

Ali then advised Federal Government to give absolute support to the growth of renewable energy in the country.

Muhammad Sabo of Kano University of science and technology, urged the Federal Government to support its citizens to afford this renewable energy and do away with hazardous sources of energy and reduce the effect of climate change.

The workshop was funded by USAID, Power Africa and co-implemented in Nigeria by Power for All and FHI360.

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