Solar Power in Nigeria? Not going to happen … yet

[Challenges Facing Solar Energy Projects in Nigeria: A Case Study of Lagos State by Hakeem Adeyemo]

The idea of Photovoltaic systems (PV systems) has been mainly suggested for energy procurement in remote areas, areas where other means of power supply are not effective, where transmission line extension is not feasible or perhaps not economically efficient. PV power is the most environmentally friendly source of power. It is also on the high completion side with generator systems installations like diesel, despite the fact that PV modules and its installation have a very high initial cost. (José 2008).

The main goal of this thesis work was to understudy the current solar energy powered projects in Lagos state, Nigeria, analyzing the failed projects, understanding the reasons for the failure of these projects, improve the processes involved in manufacture, installations and the routine maintenance required to keeping every single solar energy powered projects working as expected.

This research work was conducted for the Connect-project; Finnish renewable

energy SMEs jointly coordinated by HAMK, Laurea and Lahti Universities of Applied sciences. Connect Project is for the co- creation of a network for market entry in developing countries comprising of Asia and Africa which Nigeria falls under.

Lagos state is in the southwestern part of Nigeria. Nigeria comprises six geo-political zones with a population of about 160 million people as re- ported in the last population census. In solar-powered projects, the capacity and performance of the batteries is a major challenge. This can be reduced by properly managing the batteries. Ensuring proper project management as a whole process is another key point to ensuring the minimizing of failures in solar powered projects.

Basically, secondary data was the main source of data analyzed in this re- search work and it was thoroughly analyzed by the author. It is therefore recommended for Finnish SME’s that are interested in entering new markets in Africa in which Nigeria is one of the target countries.

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