NIGERIA – The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is working to make solar energy accessible to no fewer than two million households in the state, the Managing Partner, Global Head of Business, Triton Solar, Mr Bhagi Sandilya, has said.
He stated that solar energy would revolutionise the economy of Oyo State in particular and Nigeria in general.
He added that the governor had indicated commitment to industrial, economic and social development in the state through solar energy revolution.
Sandilya spoke with our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday on the sidelines of the visit of Triton Solar in partnership with Silicon Valley Nigeria Economic Development Inc, to Makinde.
He explained that the governor had already set up a government team to liaise with Triton Solar and SV-NED to actualise the target.
Sandilya said, “Solar energy will boost industrial revolution.”
He explained that already the governor has put a two-member team comprising the chairman of the Renewable Energy Power and his executive secretary to ensure the necessary work is implemented.
The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Valley Nigeria Economic Development Inc, Chief Temitope Ajayi, said Triton Solar’s plants would adopt nano technology, which she said, was the latest technology in the solar energy industry.
She stated that the United States of America’s solar products were not only efficient but affordable.
The Chairman, Nigeria China Community Association, Mr Ishola Olatunbosun, said solar power would boost industrialisation in Nigeria.
He added that the proposed US$300m solar plants of Triton Solar in Oyo, Lagos and Abuja would not only provide jobs but also accelerate economic and manufacturing activities.
The Chief Executive Officer, Great City Power Solution, Dr M. Samson, urged industrialists to embrace solar energy to boost manufacturing activities.
Solar energy contributes a tiny fraction of power generation in Nigeria, although, the country receives maximum sunlight exposure.
Nigeria is in the solar belt, which heightens its solar potential but sadly, the opportunities for harnessing the renewable energies remained narrow and unpractical compared to the conventional electricity.
The recent advances in Solar Technologies and the erratic nature of on-grid power has however, forced many Nigerians to start embracing solar energy with various states and companies adopting the technology.