Renewable energy employs 15,000 in Nigeria, others – Agency

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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has said no fewer than 15,000 people were employed in the renewable energy sub-sector of the power industry in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and other countries in West Africa and Southern Africa (excluding South Africa) in 2016, The Nation reports.

The Agency, a renewable energy research group, in an online report on the rate of employment in the renewable energy sub-sector in countries across the world, said a figure of 9.8million was recorded in terms of employment globally in 2016.

The Agency further stated that considering the enormity of renewable energy potentials in West and Southern African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Namibia, among others, the sub-sector was supposed to create much more employment than the 15,000.

According to IRENA, the employment figure in the renewable sub-sector is expected to increase to 30million in 2030 from the current 9.8million as more countries are taking steps to combat climate change while investing in renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, bio-mass and others, in order to improve electricity supply.