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REAN moves to improve electricity supply

REAN President, Dr Segun Adaju and REAN Executive Secretary, Mrs Salamatu Tunzwang during a news conference in Abuja.

The Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN) says there is a need for holistic media awareness of renewable energy, towards improving electricity supply, minimizing grid collapses and stopping environmental pollution.

At a news conference in Abuja, REAN President, Dr Segun Adaju said that Nigeria offers the biggest market for renewable energy in the entire Africa which can impact positively on power generation thereby reducing the environmental pollution.

“We have solar, wind, biomass, small hydro and geothermal sources of energy. Currently, Nigeria spends an average of 15 billion dollars every year to power their generators, according to a report by the Central Bank of Nigeria”.Dr Adaju stated.

Dr Segun Adaju said the Association was providing an alternative means of energy, and potential market of 15billion dollars to displace generators and install renewal energy.

“There are also electric vehicles. I was in Rwanda recently and saw their motorbikes. They were all electric. They set up a charge station for the electric vehicles. You go out in the morning to do business and return in the evening when the battery is depleted and keep it to charge. It reduces emission from vehicles.” Dr Adaju noted.

In a presentation, the REAN Executive Assistant, Mr Ugonna Dimeke, explained that Association had developed strategies to expand the power supply by 45 per cent through a renewable energy mix before 2030.

REAN Executive Secretary, Mrs Salamatu Tunzwang submitted that there was no limit to what solar power could supply.

“it is one the awareness problems that renewable energy mix is limited to low voltage appliances.
with relevant information, renewable energy would contribute tremendously”.Mrs Tunzwang said.

The Policy Manager of Allon, REAN’s Partner on renewable energy, Mrs Adaobi Oniwinde had advocated proper legislation to attract investment into the renewable energy sector as well as ensure standardized equipment for quality installation across the country.

Reporting by Kayode Oyebisi; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare