renewable-energyThe Federal Government has pledged its commitment to encourage investments in renewable energy by creating the enabling environment through fiscal policy and incentives.

The Minister of State for Power, Hajia Zainab Ibrahim Kuchi, who gave the assurance while unveiling the Awango by Total solar lamps, in Abuja on Monday, commended Total Nigeria Plc on its investment in solar-powered, environment-friendly lamps into the Nigerian market.

She said that the new initiative would go a long way in  leveraging the current climate change drives in the country.

Kuchi pointed out that such a move would help the government in achieving the goal of cleaner environment and protection of health of millions of Nigerians from hazardous, environment-degrading products in the domestic market.

“This past six months, we have been preaching renewable energy for total lighting up of Nigeria, and I see this effort of Total Nigeria Plc as answer or rather a response to one of those calls. We are very desirous of having companies move into this sector, when we talk about renewable energy or talking about biomass, solar and even small hydros, the scope is very wide because in essence, the national grid is saturated and we need to off-load and the only way we can light up the remote a villages in Nigeria is to just have this kind of answers,” she added.

While encouraging the management of the firm to consider investing on local manufacture of the products in view of their socio-economic benefits to the country, the minister said that government would be willing to offer tax and other economic incentives “to investors in all aspects of renewable energy to increase the use of renewables to ensure the energy mix that we wish to see of up to 10 per cent which will guarantee the total lightning up of Nigeria.”

The Chairman of the company, Momar Nguer, said that Total was launching the products as part of its long-term plan to become “everyday energy partner and improve the living standards of communities without reliable access to energy in IECD countries.”

Nguer, who recalled some of the investment initiatives undertaken by the company to leverage its competitiveness in the rapidly changing global energy market, disclosed that Total in Nigeria was offering a line of photovoltaic solar lightening solutions, namely, Awango by Total, Sun King Solo Lamp, Sun King Pro Lamp and Jouelstick Light KitLamp to contribute to the social economic development of the country.

“Our aim is to provide access lighting for five per cent off grid households in Nigeria by selling one million lamps by 2017. It is worthy to mention that Awango by Total was not borne out of purely economic reasons but out of Total’s passion to make sustainable and positive impact on the lives of developing societies.

The Managing Director, Francois Boussagol, who said that each of the products carried two years warrantee, added that the Awango Sun King Solo Lamp provided only light between four hours -30 hours depending on the brightness setting, while the Awango Sun King Pro Lamp gave power between six hours – 30 hours and the Awango Joule Stick Kit Lamp provided power between four hours – 16 hours depending on the brightness depending setting.


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