Many Nigerians have grown skeptical about the power of solar. The general impression is that solar energy cannot provide a lot of power, that ‘it’s not bright’ and that it breaks down after just a few months. One solar engineer in the capital city of Abuja has gone all the way to demonstrate that this impression is wrong: He has built a block of apartments which are run entirely on renewable energy.

Within the newly developed Guzape District in the heart of Abuja lays a unique 10-apartment block building. None of the apartments is connected to the electricity grid, although the grid has reached Guzape District. The building is running on a hybrid system of solar and wind energy, providing enough electricity for the residential apartments, including air conditioning. For Sulaiman Yusuf, the renewable energy entrepreneur behind the construction, the buildings are proof that Nigeria’s energy future has a large off-grid component. In this video Mr Yusuf explains the technical and financial set-up of the buildings.

 


Chibueze Ebii is a development communication expert, a film maker and a digital visual artist. He works for the Heinrich Boell foundation as a communications manager. 


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  • poynterjeffrey

    Thank you for this wonderful blog. I seen this first time in this blog. It is really interesting. Keep sharing such new information.

    Comment last edited on about 2 years ago by hbs Nigeria & NESG SPC
  • John

    Hey Ebii, This is really excellent information. I have recently wrote about critical Ops.

  • Debby

    These are the exact kind of people we need in this era. I believe that it has come to a time that we should rely on these alternative sources of solar energy and all to reduce the energy consumption.
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  • OcheSani

    This is quite a brilliant stride in the right direction. Nigerians ought to quit the blame and hate trading and concentrate on developmental achievements such as this. Thanks for the update.

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There are states and countries that are able to produce 100% of their electricity needs from renewable energies, such as Iceland, Bhutan, Norway or even Germany (at lunch time when the sun is shining). From a technological perspective, the question is no longer, Does Solar Have the Capacity to Power Industries?, as there is no practical limit to the generation capacity of solar, or indeed renewables as a whole. The question for Nigeria is, Which Renewables Work Best in What Locations? And is there enough grid capacity to absorb the additional power generated in solar, wind or biomass plants? The coming years will see rising interest by industrial investors as well as industrial customers in renewables energies - especially in off-grid scenarios, as the national grid is struggling and as the global climate regime after the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement is likely to impose penalties on carbon emissions. This webpage aims to reveal Nigerian stories and perspectives around renewables, and the articles invite the reader to leave comments and start a debate about the Energy Future of Nigeria

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