Schneider Electric has said it is committed to developing micro grids in Nigeria as part of efforts to increase access to electricity across the country.
The Head of Marketing and Business Development, Schneider Electric, Ifeanyi Odoh, said the company had brought clean energy to rural communities/villages in Nigeria through multiple mini grids projects.
Odoh, in his presentation titled, ‘Digital micro grids – Powering commercial and industrial business’ which he delivered at the Power Nigeria conference in Lagos, described Schneider Electric as the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation.
“We believe access to energy is a basic human right. Energy creates social and economic development and a better life. Micro grids contribute positively to the energy future. Our micro grid markets include buildings, large sites and industries, utilities and cities, and rural communities,” he said.
He said smart micro grids would lead to enhanced efficiency and significant energy savings in business.
According to him, Schneider Electric has been providing energy management solutions to key markets across West Africa with 50 per cent of Nigeria’s transmission and distribution substations using its solutions to deliver safe and reliable power to homes and businesses.
He said, “Solar is a major business of Schneider Electric and we are poised to be the industry leader in that respect. Our EcoStruxure solutions are leveraging the Internet of Things in order to ensure efficiency and profitability. All our technology is driven to ensure that.”
The Head, Building Business, Schneider Electric, Mojola Ola, said the company was working with qualified partners to respond to the needs of the market and promote local content by continuously transferring knowledge and expertise to local partners.
“Technology is affecting the way we do things and our products are connected and smart,” he added.
The Marketing Communication Manager, Viviane Mike-Eze, said the company was committed to corporate social responsibility and local content development in Nigeria.
“Schneider Electric has placed a high focus on energy training in Nigeria. Our latest actions in the past two months were to sponsor the training of STEM girls with the Visiola Foundation in solar energy, rewarding the top students with a two-day discovery trip to Schneider Electric facilities and technology center. We have also donated electrical training equipment to the University of Ibadan with continuous training of trainer programme to ensure the equipment is put to good use,” she added.
Authored By: Femi Asu