Japan offers Nigeria N1.9bn grant for development of solar electricity

Dec 2, 2014

Japan has given a grant of N1.9bn ($9.8m) for the generation of solar electricity in Nigeria, as part of its infrastructure development assistance, according to The Punch. The Asian country is also considering a $200m request from the Federal Government for a power transmission project. The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ryuichi Shoji, who said…

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FG’s solar power project fails to take off 11 months after inception

Dec 1, 2014

Eleven months after President Goodluck Jonathan flagged off the nationwide solar-powered off-grid rural electrification programme, tagged ‘Operation Light Up Rural Nigeria, OLRN, the project is yet to take off, Vanguard reports. The off-grid project was the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Power to provide electricity to three rural communities in each of the senatorial…

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Absence of renewable energy policy in Nigeria problematic – NERC

Nov 18, 2014

NERC’s Deputy General Manager in charge of Research and Development, Mr. Imamudeen Talba, who spoke at the Nigeria Photovoltaic Energy Conference, Solarcon 2014, held in Lagos at the weekend,  decried the absence of a policy on renewable energy in the country, noting that Nigeria had all the potentials for solar power but lacked policies and…

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FG signs MoU with US investors for delivery of 1,200MW solar power

Nov 17, 2014

A consortium of American investors in renewable energy, under the auspices of Motir Seaspire, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Ministry of Power to deliver in two years, 1,200 megawatts of solar powered electricity in Nigeria, The Punch reports. The proposed solar technology to be installed in Nigeria will be of the…

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Completed dams to add 135.15MW to power grid

Nov 11, 2014

Sixteen hydropower dams that will add 135.15 megawatts of electricity to the power grid have been completed, the Federal Government has said. Nigeria currently generates less than 5,000MW of power for a population of over 160 million people. Data obtained from the website of the Federal Ministry of Power on Monday showed that the country’s…

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FG reverses award of contract to Chinese firm for Mambila Dam Project

Nov 10, 2014

The minister of Power Professor Chinedu Nebo has disclosed that Lot 1 of the Mambila dam project which involves civil contract for the steel hydraulic structure of the dam was awarded to a Chinese consortium, China Gezbouba Group Company Limited and China Geo-Engineering Corporation (CGGC/CGC) at the contract sum of $1.46 billion between 2006 and…

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Nigeria, others need biofuels for development – UNCTAD

Nov 6, 2014

To bridge energy demand gap in the country, especially in the real sector, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has tasked Nigeria and other developing economies on the need to exploit the biofuels market as alternative means of energy supply. With biofuels accounting for one per cent of global energy use, a…

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Atlas coal power plant to begin operation next year

Nov 4, 2014

The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Atlas Petroleum Corporation for a coal-to-power plant that Nigeria needs to harness all its potentials in developing her power sector, This Day reports. He said in a statement from the ministry in Abuja that the country’s abundant coal, biomass, solar, wind…

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Nigeria trails others African countries in clean energy investment

Oct 30, 2014

Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, has attracted less clean energy investment compared to South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania, according to a new report by The Multilateral Investment Fund, UK Department for International Development, Power Africa and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, The Punch reports. The report titled ‘Climatescope 2014’ shows South Africa as the clear…

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NDE provides training for graduates on solar energy

Oct 16, 2014

A new initiative introduced by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) tagged Solar Energy Training Scheme (SETS), saw the directorate organise training for 20 graduates of institutions of higher learning reports Daily Trust. The Kaduna State coordinator of NDE, Isa Jibril Tandama, said that the 20 trainees were picked from the 36 states including Abuja,…

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