Nigeria has been urged to reduce the overreliance on fossil fuels in energy generation and adopt renewable resources.
Segun Adaju, Chief of Party, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project (REEEP), Winrock International, Nigeria, said it is important for the West Africa nation to invest in clean energy options using various available and abundant resources in replacement of fossil fuel.
“I foresee a future where renewables will contribute at least 30 per cent of the energy mix in Nigeria,” he said, adding the biggest challenges facing the energy sector in Nigeria include awareness of clean energy technologies, low quality of existing technologies and installations and dearth of finance.
Mr Adaju spoke in an interview ahead of the upcoming West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC) in Lagos, Nigeria, in November where he will address the conference on ‘Renewable energy solutions for productive use’.
According to Mr Adaju, the goal of REEEP is to facilitate the development and financing of renewable energy and energy efficiency markets in Nigeria. REEEP is a four-year project ending in 2018.
The project, which is funded by USAID and implemented in Nigeria by Winrock International, has four component areas of intervention which include creating access to clean energy financing by building a pipeline of projects that can be funded and developed to provide alternative energy to health facilities, schools, businesses, agribusinesses among others.
The project also targets to build the capacity of financial institutions to provide finance to bankable clean energy projects, promote awareness of the clean energy technologies and also train artisans, technicians, experts that will provide support to install, maintain and provide after-sale services to the sector and strengthen the capacity of government institutions to enact appropriate clean energy legislations.
Currently REEEP is finalizing a proposal for a leading private university in Nigeria to adopt a 2 MW small hydro power plant as replacement for diesel generators.
It is also engaging with relevant partners to convert a rice husk in some major rice mills and small scale rice millers in East Nigeria to power their operations using gasifiers and also working on projects that will provide alternative drying solutions using clean energy to cocoa farmers in South West Nigeria.