Nigeria is one of the largest economies in Sub-Saharan Africa yet approximately half the 186 million population lack any electricity.
The national grid power, 85% based on fossil fuels, is notoriously unreliable so many people rely on small petrol generators or lead acid batteries as a back-up.
There is a clear need for a clean, reliable and affordable energy service. The need is particularly acute around the Niger Delta, a poor region with a history of conflict around oil production and the lack of associated wealth dissemination, as well as a huge electricity deficit.
It is a challenging area to work in and so has been overlooked by most off-grid energy service providers.
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- What is the usual method of generating off grid or back up electricity in Nigeria? Watch the film at the top of the page for help.
- Why do so many people In Nigeria rely on small generators or batteries?
- Give 3 reasons why solar power is a good alternative source of energy?
- What is the main disadvantage with solar energy?
- What is the capitol of Nigeria? Why might energy demand be high there?
- Why is Nigeria an ideal location for Solar Power?
- Name two other forms of renewable energy
- Produce a visual infographic of your own to show the key facts - use numbers and percentages and graphs If you can.
- Design a poster to advertise the solar power.
- Create a comic strip or diagram to show how the solar power works.
- Portable generator, powered by diesel
- The national grid is made up of 85% fossil fuels and is notoriously unreliable
- Clean, Quiet, Renewable, Emission Free
- Can only be generated during daylight hours
- Lagos is densely populated and growing fast
- Long hours of daylight throughout the year
- Wind Power, Hydro, Geo-Thermal