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“Nigeria to Harness Renewable Energy to Meet Power Demands” – Sambo




Abuja (NAN) – Vice-President Namadi Sambo on Thursday in Abuja said Nigeria would fully utilise its abundant renewable energy resources to enhance electricity supply across the country.

According to a statement by the vice-president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Malam Sani Umar, Sambo made this known when he met with a delegation from Total Nigeria Ltd.

The vice-president noted that the global trend in power generation was efficient utilisation of renewable energy, particularly solar energy, which Nigeria has in abundance.

The statement quoted Sambo as saying President Jonathan’s administration was doing everything possible to meet Nigeria’s electricity demands.  

“The issue of power is one of the cardinal points of this administration and anything that will increase the supply of power in Nigeria will be deeply welcomed and the administration will do everything to ensure that it succeeds.”

It said Sambo commended Total Nigeria Ltd. for its determination to ensure utilisation of Nigeria’s solar energy as a source of electricity generation.

“It is impressive this has been handled in the highest corporate level,’’ he said.

The statement said the vice-president, therefore, assured the delegation of government’s commitment to ensure that the noble objective was achieved.

It also quoted Total’s Executive Director and leader of delegation, Olubunmi Obembe, as saying in his remarks that the company acquired US-based SunPower, a world leader in solar power operation.

He said this was in the company’s bid to become a major global player in the solar energy market, 

Obembe said the company was collaborating with various Federal Government institutions and international partners to fast-track the construction of solar power plants in Nigeria.

“This will be achieved through Public Private Partnership (PPP), particularly with state governments.

“Already, the company is collaborating with three states, namely Nasarawa, Ekiti and Katsina, for the development of 150MW in Nasarawa State, 80MW in Ekiti and 30MW/100MW in Katsina State,’’ he said. 

Obembe further revealed that the company was at various levels of discussion with other states for the construction of the solar power plants.

“The project is expected to deliver in the next five to eight years 1700MW of solar independent power projects, to be distributed across the country with a minimal size of 30MW. 

“Our objective is to have the first project ready by the second quarter of 2015,’’ he said.

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  1. Prof. Adebayo

    August 7, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    *rolls eyes and yawns loudly* If only nigeria was Ebola-less, I would have consumed the banal information – no, lie, voraciously. God please rid Nigeria of Ebola, and deliver us from incompetent and inefficient leaders like GEJ and Sambo.

  2. Phil

    August 8, 2014 at 2:50 am

    A lot of talk but no action. We are now talking about dabbling in solar power when no measurable improvement has been shown in the oil we have. Next, it will be nuclear power. Our government continues to chase pipe dreams.

  3. Aragon

    August 8, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Harnessing ‘…Renewable Energy….’ here means, renewal of energy to steal. Nothing more. Watch out for the amount to be announced and trace it afterwards. It gathers maximum ‘energy’ as it moves from one account to the other and constantly gets ‘renewed’ in the process.


    August 8, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Kai Aragon o, you just killed me with your comment, lmho… why na?

  5. Concerned

    August 9, 2014 at 12:09 am

    It is so sad how these morons we call leaders have the audacity to peddle new lies at and stand tall doing it. Its more disturbing that every Nigerian administration sets a new failure record over its predecessor.
    There are successful renewable energy models and solutions that are used around the world. These are straight forward technologies but politics keeps making them complicated. Renewable energy accounts for 86% of Iceland total net electricity generation .Geothermal power accounts for 25% of Iceland’s entire electricity amongst other clean energy technologies.
    Germany has weather conditions that could pass for what is obtainable in Scandinavian countries yet solar and wind power accounts for over 51% of Germany’s entire electricity generation and installed capacity. Germany also set a new solar and wind power record as the world’s largest solar and wind power producers and installed capacity. Meanwhile, Nigeria has abundant and good quality insolation and solar intensity in the northern part of Nigeria and select parts of the south.
    In the United States, the Florida Power just did the first integration of solar and natural gas power production. This is a good clean energy model that is very ideal for Nigeria as the country is blessed with natural gas and good quality solar radiation.

    These leaders need to stop joking with things that affect the lives of over 150 million people. How do these leaders go to sleep and look forward to waking up with being bothered at all?

  6. mikel

    August 9, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    you just highlighted OECD countries,who are highly developed and subsidise renewable energy prices for their people. one major thing nigerian government fails to consider is the fact that renewable energy is very expensive to run as against conventional energy sources.
    A switch to renewables is highly unrealistic and would only result in hike in electricity prices. what we need is to explore all conventional energy sources (GAS,Coal,Oil ) before jumping on the renewables bad wagon.what stops us from harnessing electricity from CCGT (Gas) and geothermal sources. Solar energy is good source but the main problem with solar is storage. solar energy like all other renewables are better used as a backup for conventional and to provide electricity during off peak periods where end user consumption is very low.
    i studied energy and wrote papers on this same subject .truth is if they really want to they should consult the right people and not MNC”s who are just out to make profits.

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