Nigeria may surpass Africa’s 2020 renewable energy target

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Following the increased adoption rate of solar and inverter technologies in Nigeria in recent times, the Managing Director, Cloud Energy Photoelectric Limited, Theophilus Nweke, has predicted that the country would surpass Africa’s renewable energy target by 2020, THISDAY reports.

In 2016, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), in collaboration with other international agencies that focused on renewable energy, had set a target of 2020 for Africa to expand its renewable energy capacities as well as achieve universal access. In Nigeria the target was accepted with major doubts given the nations failures to meet all set development targets. But given the increased adoption rate of renewable energy technologies across the country, Nweke said Nigeria would likely surpass NEPAD’s target for Nigeria before 2020.

“Nigeria looks set to spring a surprise according to a survey, by a team of market monitors that led to the launch of the Cloud Energy Solar Access Program. Nigerians, according to the survey, were already adopting solar and inverter technologies in large numbers,” Nweke said. He added that the current trend showed that more young and middle aged professionals, spurred by necessity and without any nudging from the government, are getting over the frustrations of electricity supply by switching to solar just as in portable water where every other home owns a treated borehole.