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Why Is Solar Electricity Not Commonly Used In Nigeria?

I just got back from naija - home sweet home but in my 10 day experience, there wasn't a single day that we had power overnight and to make matters worse, I was told that we can't have the generator on all night as this would constitute noise pollution and I would be disturbing the neighbours.

Power is essential for an economy to develop, solar energy is in abundance, why isn't everyone using it?

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Do you know how the solar panels work? Find out more about it here How do solar panels generate electricity

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The fact is Nigeria has one of the best conditions for developing solar power in the country. Its climate is perfect for this type of electricity source. In average Nigeria has 6+ hours of daily sunshine. The problem is that solar power requires rather high initial investments. Solar panels are not cheap and most people cannot afford setting them on the rooftops of their houses. On the other hand the government does not seem to be very interested in developing this sector, at least it does not manifest its interest in real actions. That is why solar power is so rarely used in this country.

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The initial cost of solar is on the high side actually, ( not to be compared with diesel generators though) but its something one can enjoy for a long time with almost non existent or minimal maintenance. there is a way also that the solar and wind can be combined to supply electricty. The most important is the speed with which the battery bank can be charged and the size of the bank. These factors will determine how reliable your system will be.

Considering the cost of this system, one can start small by getting the basic component, "the inverter" after which others can be added as one has the means. ie assuming your power requirment is 6kva. You can get an inverter of that configuration before adding batteries - staying power- and pv and wind turbine-charging power.

A 6kva system with wind turbine and pv (solar panels) will cost about 2million naira with assurance of constant electricity as long as the natural causes (wind and sun) play their part.

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Hi All,

Dont know if you are still interested in getting a quote for Solar energy. if so kindly send me an email at info@akoraybsl.com. We are not situated in Nigeria however, i do have dealings with a Danish and German company that would be able to provide you a quote.

Cheers,

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Firstly I appreciate the fact that there is a forum like this and people who are really interested in solar technology. As a certified solar designer I am more interested in applying this technology in Nigeria with an abundance of sunlight which is necessarily the major raw material or component for an effective solar system. With my little research in Nigeria I have found out that there are lots of factors mitigating against the effectiveness of this more effective and durable form of power supply in Nigeria? For the purpose of space I will be brief.

Firstly, there is lack of proper knowledge of this old technology in Nigeria which is being used by other countries with less sunlight which is the fundamental raw material.

Secondly, just like every other sectors in Nigeria there is not enough will/intentions by the government to propagate and invest in this technology.

Thirdly, there is also a misinformation from the so called solar distributors/companies in Nigeria. In this regard, let me state here that, solar energy though it is affordable it is not cheap, though there are lots of research going on to manufacture cheaper solar panels which is the most expensive component in a solar system. Moreover solar energy for home use CANNOT be used to directly substitute your grid electricity like using it for all your home and outdoor appliances or equipments like your electric stoves, pressing irons, airconditions, gym equipments e.t.c for 24hours, though if you are ready to spend millions and a large space for your panels it is achieveable.But an average home systems for 4-5hrs is affordable and very effective.

In essence the purpose of solar energy is to provide an alternative and long term cost effective source of power for homes compare to your generators, and for areas where the national electricity grid is unable to reach. And most importantly to save our environment as it has a zero effect on the environment unlike your fossil fuels and other carbon source.

I hope this have been able to shed some light on this subject.If you need further information you can contact me on solarwisenigerialtd@gmal.com or call me on +27 785 723 705 or follow us on facebook;SOLAR WISE NIGERIA LIMITED where we regularly paste current solar innovations, events and information.

Thank you for your Time and let’s join hands to lighten up Nigeria.

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@ Ezet. What u said is very true is a pity for our government. Meanwhile my house is powered by solar energy for many years with out problems. I invested in a very good industrial batteries OSPZ is the technology of the batteries 2V BLOCKS 500 AMP/H for 2 houses in the same compound. They worked for all house facilities indoors and outdoors such as washing machine, lights, TV, radio, fan, computer, machine to mows the grass just to mention a few is all powered by solar. This battries am using is found in the forklift (elevating truck platform) used in the factory and they can last up to 20yrs.

In addition to support my battries, i have also wind generator. Thanks to the energy no more electric bills never!!!!!!

We are expert in solar technology, we invent and design with patend and we are ready to give our good service where ever duty call us.

Another thing i observed is that Nigeria climate is full of pollution u cant see the bright blue skies? this also is a bad factor for street lights to work properly. the dirty/ particles from the atmosphere caused by the motor exhuse, generator and other things affect solar streets lights to shine well. People try to use the right solar technology that will give them the expected result solar is for ever!!!!!!

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inferior solar projects executed 4 some state government have really brought blemish to the growth of green energy solution in Nigeria. Ekiti state would run at the mention of green energy all because huge amount was expended by past government with no positive result. Bad solar street light projects on several Lagos streets (e.g ogba and opebi) is another reason why people think solar does not worth investing on. In the past few years that I ve been on solar, it has never failed me for once and I have never received any negative feedback from several jobs I have done. The truth is that solar works wonder when designed perfectly. A body that will enforce quality project needs to be set up so that the green energy market can once again be revitalized. eztopenergy.ng@gmail.com

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Renewable Energy has been discussed in the AFRICAN market for some time. There are some grave concerns about solar in LAGOS,  It has been tired and bought by the Nigerian government before. A US company was granted a contract by the government back when Obasanjo was in rule. This project was for Lekki phase II as the Lekki area is exploding. The company S______ energy based in USA had purchased their units from China these were very low cost and bottom end photovoltaic products. the units were installed and worked for merely about 1 week. when asked to be serviced no one was available to service these units. This same company also installed solar lighting for the runway in port Harcourt and at the farm of the president(at that time),  the company essentially got the money and ran off. Leaving a very bad impression and taste in the mouth of the government of Nigeria. I met with the ministry of energy in Oct 2009. this is as he describe to me as what i have stated above. I am a solar company whom has a distributor in Lagos. We are building a solar manufacturing plant in Nigeria to help reduce importation on products and to be in ground to help Nigeria expand there knowledge on renewable energy. this factory will create jobs and help with the go Green theme,  in addition, I am looking for a contractor to build a home in Lagos as a spec home being supplied by my products from Spain. looking to build the first model for a house based on complete solar energy. if their is anyone interested in joining with me on this venture please feel free to notify me at Sofia@vergenrg.com  serious inquiries only,

Solar is a hot topic and is on the rise for the AFRICAN markets,

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buy solar cells from ebay. Build solar panels for yourself. Buy inverters from ebay. Buy cheap lithium ion batteries and connect them in series. And viola you've got yourself a solar powered house. If you don't have money to buy solar installations, then you must have time. Get information off google. Guys D.I.Y is the way to go.

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If u are interested in knowing how to make solar lanterns,make a livinging with solar and how to b energy managers/auditors,why dont u come 4 our free seminar.for more info call;femi on 08189717043.

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Can someone pls tell me y nigeria will not b lighted up?

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tara2,its not deir fault,dere are so many factors mitigating against such idea,1-d so cald carbas who dnt want 2 wind up deir generator biz,2-the mindset of pple in nig. is still poor,dey r nt yet xposed 2 it and pple who ave knowledge abt it still blive dat its xpensive,and 3-govt is nt helping matters.so tara,u c dat we still ave a long way 2 go.

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hi,gerts2011,i understand your plight,i work with an NGO in name of smefunds/Gosolar Africa and we are trying to distribute solar lanterns to less priviledge pple and it has not bin easy,bt we are forging ahead.dnt worry tins will get better.i will appreciate it if we can work together.The lord is your strenght.

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Thanks Anufemi. I am based in London and I actually already have lists of solar power conferences taking place this year in America, Europe and other regions. What I am actually looking for are like-minded philanthopic people or people working with NGOs who are interested in improving the lives of children in rural communities by installing solar power in schools or community centres. This is the 21st century, yet most of the children in the rural schools I visited had never touched a computer let alone used the internet for their studies. I have approached many rich Nigerians (and big companies) who are too selfish to even donate a pencil to a child let alone donate a computer or solar panels. Selfishness is a completely alien concept to me and I can't understand why somebody who grew up poor in Nigeria and is now wealthy cannot reinvest in his community and improve the lives of others. Maybe it's because I was born in the UK and have lived here all my life - different psychology I guess. I do what I can but it will never be enough without a change in the mindset of our people.

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Gerts2011,hi,saw ur post,and i will like to inform u dat if u are interested in knowing more abt solar,we do organise solar seminar 4 pple wo are interested,u can rich me on 08032806258.tanks,hope 2 hear 4rm u

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A friend urgently needs a 30KVA solar power equivalent for home use. What will this cost? He says cost of diesel is killing him

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Your home’s lightin can ave a big impct on both aw much energy u use,nd aw com4table or cozy ur home fils.Understandin d differences btw d many choices in lightin ll help 2 lower ur energy bills by empowerin u 2 find d lowest cost lightin options,while @ d same time givin u d knowledge 2 pick d lightin most appropriate 4 ur illuminatn nids.4 more info,call femi on 08032806258.

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Your home’s lightin can ave a big impct on both aw much energy u use,nd aw com4table or cozy ur home fils.Understandin d differences btw d many choices in lightin ll help 2 lower ur energy bills by empowerin u 2 find d lowest cost lightin options,while @ d same time givin u d knowledge 2 pick d lightin most appropriate 4 ur illuminatn nids.4 more info,call femi on 08032806258.

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I tried to get into solar power in Nigeria about 15 years ago but was told that it would cause a lot of trouble with people who were happy with the status quo ie. generator suppliers and power companies etc.   I am still interested in this because as a teacher, I can see the huge benefits of having our schools run on solar power - eg. IT suites, being in Skype contact with schools around the world, improved academic performance etc.  I teach in London and took 7 London teachers to Enugu, Nigeria in 2009 and I think they were quite shocked at the state of the schools.  They taught in urban and rural schools for one week.  For those of you really interested in solar power, there are lots of solar power conferences and exhibitions this year.  The Sisters of Notre Dame in Awkunanaw have an amazing solar power installation that powers an internet cafe and health centre!

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Hello , Felicity Lighting Systems Co., Ltd is a real breeding in the world manufacturing center of Solar and LED Light company in China , We specialize in this field for several years(solar street lighting、solar garden light ,Solar Lighting Systems、photovoltaic cells、photovoltaic modules、Solar controller、Solar charger and so on) . Our products both in quality or price are very competitive ,Our website is http://www.greensolaring.com/ . Tel No is +8613599529106 , Email is : sales@greensolaring.com . I hope our products can be sold in the world market .

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learn  the A to Z of solar energy and also  how to connect solar street light solar garden light, solar pumping machine

and how to use it in your homes and you can even make money by connecting solar for people send and email to itking011@gmail.com for more info

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steel,

as long as you do your load estimation properly, you're home and dry.

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steel,

indeed that amount is on the high side but unfortunately that is the reality with solar alternatives.

you can avoid the high cost by getting a normal submersible pump and powering it with a normal inverter system and solar panels.that way you can still achieve your aim while using other appliances with your inverter.

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George_D,

I finally went to the market and i found just 1 product; groundflox or something like that, cant really remember the name. Well the thing is that they said its 175,000 naira and I have to buy 10 solar panels of 40,000 each which means i'll spend a total of 175k + 400k = 575k just for a submersible pump minus workmanship oooooo. Forgive my ignorance but isn't this too much?

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steel, you are welcome.

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steel,

there are other brands but those two are among the most reliable i can remember at the moment.when you get to the market i'm sure they will give you a lot more options to choose from.as for pricing i don't have a recent pricelist but again they will provide you with prices when you get there.

yes!it's got to be a submersible.surface pumps just won't cut it.

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George_D

Thanks for your help and sorry for my late replies, i only get to browse at nights.

I think I'll just go to the market tomorrow and look for the solar powered pump but I'll need one more favour from you pls, Apart from shurflo and grundig, what other product are available and which ones are very durable? Also, their price range and if possible their flow rates. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks

Its a submersible pump

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steel,

your estimated load is 5219:9 watts. what is your expected run time?8hrs?12hrs?24hrs? per day? i need this info to give a more accurate sizing for your needs.

as for solar powered water pumps,they are available in abundance and it may be all you need since you're most likely only interested in water pumping.you have shurflo,grundig,etc as just a few examples.

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tara,

indeed you offered suggestions but they're not different from what we're doing here.this forum provides an opportunity for people to meet and share ideas and those ideas will go a long way in influencing thier thought patterns which then moves them to try new things. change is a process and is not an end in itself.

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@George_D

I'm not too sure about the wattage but am giving a rough estimate of 7hp, that about 5.2 kilowatts (5219.9 watts). Its just to power a farm and my main need for solar power is to power the pumping machine sice I plan on having a fish pond in the farm.

I also heard there are solar powered pumps, dunno know if you know about them

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My solution is here but you fail to see it?

What is preventing all the solar energy so call experts in this forum from getting together to invent, market and create Solar solution in Nigeria? NOTHING.

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Looking for importers, distributors, wholesalers of solar panel and solar water heater

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Dear Fellow Nairalanders enthusiast of Solar Panel

In an article i red in relations to why solar panel installations in Nigeria are not frequently used. Some regards Solar Panel  as costly system to install or mainly for the reach for a sum of  $28000 or more , and some Say's it requires reliable and efficient supplier to install well though that is TRUE. But i strongly disagree that it would cost $28,000

Though as you all may well know, installing solar panel requires knowing amount of kilowatt an average  home uses or how much apparatus is used on an average. In most cases. Most engineers normally calculate the amount of kilowatt using on line calculator to generate how much panel is need to power a home ( on every a standard of 3 to 4 bedroom size house in Nigeria with fridge, light bulb fan etc).

The  main point  is  Solar Panel excluding the batteries / inverters can be made for just under $100. a panel and sometimes even less than $100. This methods requires basic wiring of silicons together.   Many are turning to making a solar panel like this to make  alternative cheaper electric source. In UK, US  or in Nigeria, it can be done.  I have attempted to make a panel like this, not once  and not twice. In fact i am attempting my next project in Lagos this summer. I am happy to demonstrate this method to any intrested parties in Nigeria .

Contact me at femawu@hotmail.com where full detail can be revealed

Thank you

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Some years back i was at the NERC in Abuja and they asked me to pay $15,000 before i can set up a small Solar Power Enterprise in Nigeria. IMAGINE.

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We have available in stock Solar Power Systems from 800VA to 100KVA. If you are interested in receiving further information such as price, company profile, specification, and how it works, feel free to call me and I will give you the full detail.

07033145444

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can you give me a call on 08035308511 or send me a mail on justyinka23@yahoo.com

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Hi Whats you 120 watt panel going for?

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Dear All,

we now have available Solar Energy Panel of 120watt, which can power you house hold equipment or your street light. interested should send mail to justyinka23@yahoo.com or call 08058147414 or 08032809120.

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Wind Turbine is somethng we must begin to look into, 24 hrs power supply. more info at www.ansopower.com or mail, tobo_imarah@ansopower.com or call 07036563250 or 07058639941

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Whatever happened to this project::

Nigeria Investing in Solar Energy to Power Rural Communities

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/08/nigeria_launche.php

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Solar panel is not powerful enuf to power some appliances.

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Gents,

In refs to solar energy usage in Nigeria, it could be done . From the threaded discussion, some are Miss-informed about the cost to have a system installed.An average price for a complete system designed for a 4bedroom house is about ten thousand dollars and about two thousand dollars for installation. It could be roof top mounted or ground mounted depending on the availability of space. the modules  ( inverters ),are the most expensive ranging from 2k to 3k ( Thousand ). I will be glad to help on system design for any one serious about having alternate power in their home in Nigeria. My email address is psor68@yahoo.com. Look out for EM Green Energy,coming soon to Nigeria ( Sept 09) . Maintenance services include in your package.

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solar light post

whilst i am unable to power houses with solar, i do have a thousand solar light post for use outside/garden/driveway, available now in nigeria for 1.5k each , at least where there is no nepa your driveway will be lit continuously.charge for 2 days and the solar light post will b redy for use, email me on imertechnology@hotmail.co.uk

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Its a load of rubbish, those seminars are a get rich scheme. Solar power is commonly used in the Asia, Europe and in some states in the USA.

Most governments have found it cost efficient to use, in the UK alone majority of the street lights on the motorways are solar powered but nobody will mention it. They are investing alot of millions in Solar Power and in the coming years most households will use it.

One thing our Government can rollout having all our street lights solar powered, we have the sun in Nigeria and the payments are a one off which will last a maximum of 25 years.

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Solar power, a very interesting topic. I did alot of research on it a few months ago and spoken to alot of suppliers.

If you afford it then its good but very expensive.

On a small scale you will be looking around $15k - $30 and on a bigger scale, the cost can vary. You will have to include the installation and materials fee to it.

Nigeria is a crazy country, if Nepa decides that no one will have light at least the government should implement solar street lights instead. If you travel to countries like UK, US and some European countries majority of their street lights are solar powered.

So why can't we have that in all our streets in Nigeria, at least it will brighten up some areas.

www.moneysaversforum.com

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you advertisers like to dey hoard info.

Why not post a summary and then we can contact you huh?

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