Nigeria: How NEMSA Pushes Renewable Energy Growth, Certifies 18 Firms

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The quest for clean, sustainable and uninterrupted energy sources is further gaining momentum in the Nigerian power sector as the Federal Government throws its weight behind the concept and more indigenous firms are beginning to show up in the process.

Pushing the growth of renewable energy projects in the country, the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) has certified 18 renewable energy installation contractors who at least have registered engineers as staff.

A certification directory obtained by Daily Trust, showed that certification granted by NEMSA came into force in May 2018 and will last till about July 2020, indicating a lifespan of two years.

The certification, which was endorsed by the managing director of NEMSA and the Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation (CEIF), Engr. Peter Ewesor, has 10 firms whose corporate offices are in Abuja, five in Lagos, one in Enugu and one in Port Harcourt.

In 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari was among global leaders who adopted the Paris Agreement on Climate Change with a commitment to transit to a cleaner, sustainable energy source for the most populous country in Africa.

The country battles with overdependence of the power grid on fossil fuel with over 70 per cent of the power plants depending on natural gas while a little portion of that makes up three large hydropower plants in Niger State.

The overdependence on gas-based power generation often results in poor power supply nationwide or outright outage especially when there is pipeline vandalism and cut in gas supply. To overcome this, Nigeria has set a target of attaining 30 per cent renewable energy sources (solar, wind and biomass) by 2030 and over 10 per cent in hydropower sources. This has been a focal reporting point for energy reporters in the country.

It is currently implementing a Nationally Determined Contribution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Within the next 15 years, Nigeria hopes to achieve 20 per cent emissions reduction below Business as Usual (BAU) and 45 per cent emissions reduction with the support of its international partners by 2030.

Nigerians are gradually embracing the innovation of renewable energy sources and are transiting from grid-connected energy source.

This opportunity will help the authorities gather more facts, statistics, experts’ interviews and reports that could further deepen the acceleration of public awareness on the need to transit to renewable, sustainable and clean energy sources in the country.

In 2017, key experts in the renewable energy field in Nigeria formed the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN) and picked Segun Adaju of Consistent Energy as president.

Most of the certified firms are members of the REAN and they include Blue Camel Energy Limited and Creed Renewable Energy Limited.

The 16 other certified renewable energy firms include, A.O. Demarg Nigeria Ltd, Cresthill Engineering Ltd, Powerup Project International Ltd, Cloud Energy Photoelectric Ltd, Rensource Distributed Energy, Udah Ette Nigeria Ltd, Citinet Technology Innovation Ltd and M-rald Global Resources Ltd.

The rest are Taylor Nigeria Ltd, Hydraform Engineering Nig. Ltd, Green Light Planet Sun King Nigeria, Ogini Ever Increasing Enterprises Nig. Ltd, Erasko Energy Ltd, Sumfat Nigeria Ltd, and Ecoenergy Integrated Services Ltd.

Nigeria has an abundance of various renewable energy resources of which solar, wind, biomass and small hydro power (SHP) are the most ubiquitous.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has demonstrated its commitment to stimulating investment in renewable energy generation in Nigeria by launching the Mini Grid Regulation in 2017.

The agency in 2015 established a feed-in tariff for renewable energy based power generation. That tariff is being fine-tuned as the cost of solar power generation and other renewables reduce with improved technology.

NERC on its website said with a vast and mostly untapped potential in renewable energy resources, it has set a target of generating a minimum of 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity from renewables by the year 2020, which is in less than one year.

Authored By: Simon Echewofun Sunday

SOURCE: DAILY TRUST

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