The president of the Sustainable Energy Practitioners Association of Nigeria (SEPAN), Dr. Magnus Onuoha, has said that Nigeria’s electricity reform which officially started in 2005 with the enactment of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA) is deeply fixated on improving the demand and supply of on-grid electricity supplies but less interested in the off grid end of the market mix, OGN reports.
Speaking at the 2017 edition of the Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo (NAEE) in Abuja, Onuoha, explained that the reform exercise has shown very little interest in the development of off grid power which he said was the best alternative to reaching over 70 per cent of Nigeria’s rural population currently without electricity.
He also claimed there were many entrenched interests that have kept the country from exploring solar and other efficient renewable energy options as alternative power supply sources. He specifically pointed to moguls who supplied diesel powered generators as the cause of this. He said up to 5000 megawatts (MW) of solar electricity can be generated by Nigeria within the next five years, adding that government would have to consider scaling up its commitment to solar.
Source: Energy Mix Report