AGAINST the backdrop of the epileptic power supply bedeviling the country, a ray of hope may be in the offing as Germany is willing to provide the technical know-how to Nigeria on renewable energy.
In an interview with the Head of Energy and Environment Desk of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria, Baerbel Freyer, the German government through the group is touched by the plight of Nigerians.
In view of this, the delegation is planning a series of events on the topic “Potentials of Renewable Energies and Environment’ in Nigeria.
Freyer told The Guardian during the first seminar organized last week in Lagos titled ‘Embedded Power Generation’ with special focus on renewable and clean energy that it is high time that Nigeria embraced renewable energy as alternative to its over-reliance on oil to generate power across the country.
She said the Germany government would be willing to transfer technical know-how to key players in the Nigerian power, as they are eager to collaborate with Nigeria on the various alternative sources of power generation.
“We see a lot of needs to discuss on energy issues especially with regards to renewable energy because I think this is one of the solutions to Nigeria with regards to less supply of power. What we found is that the level of information and knowledge is extremely low. So people have come to realize that on the long run, this power shortage can only be overcome with using renewable energies,” she said.
She however, lauded the Federal Government for privatizing the power sector, but said they must ensure the sector is regulated in terms of pricing and enforcement.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria has taken a big step in privatising the power sector which we think is a very good step. But there are still some issues,” Freyer said.
On the kind of support they are willing to provide, she said: “On the know-how level, we can bring German businesses and Nigerian power investors together to work on the technical aspects. We have a lot of know-how to transfer and we are hoping to find Nigerian business partners in order to take up the various challenges.”
For her, the German government was willing to share its success stories on research, development and feasibility aspects of solar, biogas and wind solutions to put an end to the epileptic power supply in the country.
Listing the gains of renewable energies, she said: “Renewable energy can touch every sector of the economy and there are a lot of possibilities in its working in Nigeria. For us the seminar is start on bringing the Distribution Companies (DISCOS) and those that can provide the renewable energy the chance to increase the power supply because as we have seen it is getting low and this really calls for urgent step. That is why this seminar is necessary. Banks, discos and other stakeholders will be part of the four seminars planned by the delegation to address to power supply in Nigeria.”
It would be recalled that the European Union (EU) and its ally, German Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ) pledged N3.4bn donation to the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), which is aimed at improving energy access, with focus on the renewable energy option.