Renewable energy village reaches 80% completion

solar panelThe Renewable Energy Village located in Kaduna has reached 80 per cent completion, an official of the Federal Ministry of Environment said yesterday.

Mrs Ebere Akwani, a Senior Research Assistant, Renewable Energy Programme in the ministry made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Akwani said the village would be ready by end of the second or third quarter of 2014 and would address issues related to renewable energy in the country.

“If you want products; if you want services; the renewable energy village will be able to give you all that you need.
“We don’t want to encourage influx of substandard goods into Nigeria.

“Our aim at the end is to have it as a public-private partnership; we will supervise.

“I liken it to a computer village that is the hub of communication, whether IT (Information Technology) or mobile telephony.
“So, the renewable energy village is a government establishment but of course, it will be funded by people who will inhabit and use the village’’.

Akwani said the ministry would on Dec. 20 organise a Renewable Energy Day, to create awareness on the need to harness the renewable potential in the country.

The official said the day would be basically for reviewing and planning for the building up of the renewable energy sector in the country.

“We must not deny the fact that renewable energy is the way to go right now; it is being embraced by developed nations and developing nations alike.

“It is for us to use the resources God has given to move Nigeria forward.”

“The issues of environmental degradation, global warming, climate change, floods and all that have been affecting Nigeria and of course the world as a whole”, she said.





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