The Minister of Power Professor, Chinedu Nebo has disclosed Federal Government’s plan to stimulate development of renewable and alternative energy for rural electrification and farm clusters. Nebo, who made the disclosure in Abuja yesterday, at the 4th Nigerian Alternative Energy Expo ,NAEE 2013, organised by BKG Exhibitions in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Power, said that currently, efforts are being made to explore various renewable and alternative energy sources for viability in producing electricity.
“For each rural community, the ministry of power will implement micro-off grid wind or solar powered lighting systems to light up homes, community common areas or centres and major inlet/outlet roadways into communities.
The “Grand Scheme” of this initiative is to provide access to electricity to the rural areas with distributed or low capacity ,few kilowatts – KW, solar or wind-powered energy-efficient lighting systems in two phases by the end of 2014, to the homes, community centers and streets of about 30% of the 774 LGAs explored by the MDGs”.
Nebo, who noted that the level of renewable energy implementation in Nigeria is minimal; but being endowed with significant quantities of renewable energy sources like the sun, wind, biomass, dams for hydropower generation, etc, said Nigeria is taking various measures in implementing renewable energy/energy efficiency programmes to increase the energy mix, in accordance to the United Nations General Assembly’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goals.
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