The need for the country to promote and development other means of renewable energy has been reiterated over time. The country’s dependence on the present means of of generation has had its own fair share of shortcomings, hence the need to diversify from the conventional means of power generation in the country. Often times experts have made the calls on the development and use of solar energy in generation power. Solar energy is one of the renewable sources of energy, likewise wind.
Speaking on the 65th Inaugural Lecture of the Lagos State University (LASU) titled; “The Burning and Shining Light” Mrs. Adenike Boyo, a Professor of Physics, urged the Federal Government to encourage independent electricity generation through solar panels by giving incentives to consumers and suppliers. She said the government had an important role to play in promoting renewable energy in the country.
“It will always be soothing to the ear when you know you will be rewarded for generating your own electricity. Government subsidies will also be helpful in the importance of solar panels and other equipment that cannot be manufactured locally. This will support independent investors and individuals, who have interest in the energy sector,” she said.
According to her, the sun, which is the source for solar is in abundance in Nigeria and it is the solution to the growing energy challenges in the country. She further highlighted the direct impact the development of this form of energy would have on the economy of the country. She said if it is encouraged, it would change the economy from consumption to creation, hence it would lead to enormous employment opportunities for Nigerians. She also pointed on the positive impact it would have in the rural communities.
“Since the sun is abundant, inexhaustible and environmentally friendly. The availability of energy services has a distinct impact on the lives of the people. The burning and shining light – Sun, is still producing abundant energy that cannot be depleted. The utilisation of solar energy is important to mankind and a fabrication of the equipment is important in our nation for generation of electricity,” she said.
Boyo advised the government to also invest in technology through setting up of power institutions and encouraging the technology companies to develop the competence of the Nigerian power generation sector. She noted that the standard code for solar PV system component should be developed by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), in order to reduce substandard solar panels imported into the country.
Boyo, however, called for an enabling environment to attract investments in the energy sector, as private sector participation is necessary because government alone cannot finance the sector.