Solar Enthusiasts lay claim for dumping mini grid for standalone Solar systems

Nigeria faces persistent challenges with inconsistent power supply despite advancements in AI and robotics globally.

The Rural Electrification Agency (REA), in collaboration with the Nigeria Electrification Project, has made significant progress in deploying solar photovoltaics, powering over 44,000 facilities and impacting the lives of more than 230,000 individuals nationwide.

Despite commendable progress in renewable energy, untapped potential persists. Emmanuel Ukpai, COO at Royal Offiaire Integrated Energy, highlights the need for local mineral processing and greater reliance on mini-grids in Nigeria’s renewable energy sector.

There is a need for a shift from mini-grids to standalone solar home systems, local mineral processing of critical minerals, and government involvement to drive solar technology advancement in Nigeria, potentially leading to reduced energy poverty and sustainable revenues.