Minister says renewable energy to contribute 30% of Nigeria’s electricity supply by 2030

Minister says renewable energy to contribute 30% of Nigeria’s electricity supply by 2030

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, says Nigeria plans to generate 30 per cent of its electricity supply through renewable energy by 2030, in line with the National Energy Policy.


Onu said this on Tuesday at the opening of the National Stakeholders Consultative Forum on “Scaling-Up Interconnected Mini-Grids Development in Nigeria: Current Status, Challenges and prospects” in Abuja.


He said that since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in 2015, the national grid electric power generation capacity had increased at an average annual rate of about 390 Megawatts per year (MW/yr).


“This is commendable but inadequate to meet the needs of both our growing population and also sustain our desired level of economic development,” he said.


Onu said that since the National Energy Policy (NEP) had placed emphasis on integrating renewable energy into the nation’s energy supply mix, there was the need to ensure the reliability and affordability of electricity supply.


He said that renewable energy had the potential of meeting the nation’s energy needs in a sustainable manner, while creating jobs and improving livelihoods across the country, especially in rural areas.


“There is no doubt that renewable energy has the potential to help meet the nation’s energy needs in a sustainable manner. It also has the potential to create jobs and improve livelihoods in Nigeria, especially in rural areas.


“Already, increasing demand for rural water supply, lighting, health services and micro enterprises are already driving the development of solar Photo-Voltaic (PVs) in the country.


“This trend certainly needs de-risking in order to stimulate private sector participation. This is important since the National Energy Policy emphasises integrating renewable energy into the nation’s energy supply mix.


“The Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy has projected that renewable electricity is to contribute about 30 per cent of the total electricity supply in the nation by 2030,” he said.


Onu pledged that pragmatic efforts would be made to achieve the goal, adding that the ministry would continue to work hard to contribute towards the solution of the energy problems of the country.


Also speaking, Prof. Bala Jidere, the Director-General of Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), said that the forum was re-designed to focus on the development of interconnected mini-grids, which had lesser challenges in the country.


He said that it also aimed at establishing the current status and challenges of interconnected renewable energy-related mini-grid development in Nigeria, while facilitating synergy among key players in the public and private sectors, among others.


Jidere Urged the stakeholders to discuss freely on the issues and challenges in order to fashion the way forward with regards to the development renewable energy-related electric power and interconnected mini-grid in the country.


The forum was organised by the National Steering Committee of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) project.

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