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Can renewable energy turn Nigeria’s lights on? (2013)

Can renewable energy turn Nigeria’s lights on? (2013)

Reliable night-time lighting for households, for refrigeration, and affordable power for businesses would change many lives, and renewable energy has the potential to do this. But for solar power, hydropower and wind energy to be made available on a significant scale, government policy needs to change. Affordable loans to finance development and market growth for


Renewable Energy Potential in Nigeria (2012)

This report discusses energy sector in Nigeria and recommends action for harnessing the country’s renewable energy potential. The scale of opportunities for renewables is only just becoming apparent, much more than the public or policy-makers realise, as new grid technologies such as concentrated solar power are emerging as in competitors with conventional power generation.  Finance


Power Africa – Annual Report (2015)

Power Africa’s over 100 private sector partners have committed more than $20 billion toward specific projects, including $1 billion in commitments under Beyond the Grid, our effort to ensure that people living in remote areas also get access to power. Success in mobilising commitments has been possible because Power Africa has put people on the

Power Africa – Annual Report (2016)

The Power Africa Initiative has seen great progress in the commercial viability of both household rooftop systems and grid-scale solar power projects in sub-Saharan Africa. For example, in Nigeria, the Nigerian Bulk Trader signed power purchasing agreements (PPA) on 14 Solar independent power projects (IPP) in July 2016.These solar IPPs, totalling 1,125 MW of generation


Micro-grids for Rural Electrification: A critical review of best practices based on seven case studies (2014)

Micro-grid systems substantially differ in their busi­ness, financial and organisational models, as they depend on size, technology, demand, resource availability, social context, and quality and quan­tity of the service they strive to provide. This publication by the United Nations Foundation attempts to grasp the implications for the sustainability of different micro-grid sys­tems.  Part of the methodology included


Renewable Energy in West Africa – Status, Experiences and Trends (2012)

This book is a compilation of articles written by several authors and important regional and international institutions. The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (ITC) and Casa África have prepared this publication on the state of renewable energy in Western Africa. The objective is to present the


More for Less: How Decentralised Energy Can Deliver Cleaner, Cheaper and More Efficient Energy in Nigeria (2009)

This report assesses the potential benefits of increased use of decentralised energy (DE) in Nigeria’s future electricity mix, both in terms of cost and carbon emissions. It explores ways of improving Nigeria’s future electric energy supply in secure and environmentally friendly ways, and provides detailed outlines of three alternative energy scenarios for Nigeria’s future electricity


Powering Nigeria through Renewable Electricity Investments: Legal Framework for Progressive Realization (2015)

This paper argues that the absence of an effective legal framework to encourage and promote investments in renewable energy has been a major barrier to the utilisation of renewable energy in the national electricity sector. It goes further to investigate and discuss these legal barriers which include overlapping roles of participating institutions, lack of priority

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