Petrocam Nigeria Limited has introduced solar-powered filling stations in the country to reduce dependence on the national grid for electricity, its Managing Director, Mr. Patrick Ilo, has said.
He said Nigeria is close to the equator and, should obtain sun directly from it, adding that his firm leverages the renewable energy source to power its filling stations for growth.
He said the country generates about 70 per cent of its electricity from gas and 30 per cent from hydro plants, adding that the output from the two sources is not enough to meet the people’s needs.
Ilo said: “It is safer, cheaper and reliable to use solar form of electricity for the two filling stations that were situated in Igando and Lekki- Ajah Expressway, both in Lagos. Nature has endowed us with sun, hence the decision to position our outlets in such a way that they would access solar well. Sun is God’s gift. It is free and left for people to see how they can tap the opportunities in it for power generation.”
Ilo whose firm has partnership with Petrocam South African, an oil trading firm, said people are sure of getting fuel for their vehicles, generators and other equipment regularly, adding that the issue of epileptic power supply, which is common with grid electricity, does not arise with solar.