Nigeria won’t be able to have a regular and sustainable electricity power supply except through the mixture of conventional and renewable energies, the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said.
He disclosed this in Abuja Monday night at the launch of MTN/ Lumos mobile solar electricity.
Fashola said the country, which still relies heavily on gas and hydro as sources of its energy supply, will only achieve 30% renewable energy generation by 2030.
He said the government had embarked on a programme to supplement the conventional sources of energy with renewable, adding that it is only the combination that can get the country stable and sustainable power supply.
He said: “I wish it was possible to discard gas as a source of generating electricity and use only solar as some people say. But today’s science doesn’t make that possible. Solar energy and all renewable put together are just supplement to the conventional energy systems that have proven to be very prolific and very reliable.
“So I want to invite all of us to also study and take note of what is going on around us. I have taken so much time to study and I can say confidently and reliably that those whom we want to be like have not dispensed with coal, they have not dispensed with gas and they have not dispensed with hydro. But they are only supplementing the conventional energy with solar and other renewable.
“The total aggregation of solar and other renewable is just about 30% even in those advanced economies, and the reason for this is simple each form of energy has its own limitations. After the sun goes down, the solar is not that efficient anymore.
“So you need storage, you need batteries to save the energy. During the dry season, the hydro is not that efficient because the force of water has reduced. Coal has its setback because of its ecological impacts and damage to the environment. So does gas.
“So therefore what we need to have is an energy mix for Nigeria that sees us seeking to achieve 30% of renewable in the year 2030. And this MTN / Lumos imitative takes us closer to that goal.”