The Government of Lagos State has joined other global cities in medium-scale exploration of renewable energy as a sustainable energy solution to its growing power challenges.
The Lagos State Government has officially commissioned its Lagos Solar Project which is a Renewable Energy Initiative jointly funded by the Lagos State Government and the UK Department for International Development.
Lagos Solar aims to provide 5MW of embedded solar systems to education and health facilities in Lagos by the end of 2015. It will deliver 213 sustainable solar power systems of varying sizes ranging from 9kWp – 185kWp to 183 rural, riverine and boarding public schools and rural health centers in Lagos; thereby rendering help to those that will benefit the most and positioning Lagos at the forefront of innovative energy solutions in Africa.
Lagos Solar is expected to add robustness to the state’s energy mix and upon completion will account for 10% of the independent, dedicated power that the Lagos State Government generates in Lagos. Presently all rural schools and hospitals in Lagos depend heavily on candles and diesel/petrol-powered generators for power.
Implemented by the Lagos State Electricity Board, Lagos Solar offers the following features:
Standardized, tamper-proof, world-class solar designs based on extensive energy audits and site analysis conducted in each school and health center
Each solar system built adheres closely to the Lagos Solar guidelines for the design, construction and installation of off-grid solar (downloadable here – .
Utilizes tested solar components of the highest quality
A solar test lab and hub has been established in Ikeja to lend technical support to the project
All installed solar systems are linked to the remote monitoring interface at the hub in Ikeja and are tracked using an electronic asset management platform
A solar calculator is featured on the project website (www.lagossolar.com) that anyone can use to determine the roof space required to install solar in a home
Generates over 300 solar industry jobs and includes scheduled and unscheduled Operation and Maintenance plan
A pilot phase consisting of 32 schools and Epe primary healthcare center was completed in March 2015 allowing each facility to enjoy constant electricity round the clock despite being in the some of the most remote areas of Lagos
According to the Project manager, Mr Dolapo Popoola, the project is targeted to be at completion state by October 2015. By then All public secondary schools in Badagry, Ibeju Lekki, Ikorodu and Epe will have solar systems. In addition, all public boarding secondary schools, riverine and hard to reach schools in Lagos will also get solar systems supplying power 24/7.
11 rural flagship primary healthcare centers (PHC) will also receive solar systems to supply constant electricity round the clock. Many of these PHCs are dedicated to maternal health services.
The solar systems have been designed to last for at least 20yrs under normal use.
Interact with the project on social media: @lagossolar on Twitter | Facebook
Download the Lagos Solar Brochure here
Visit the project website: www.lagossolar.com
Check out The Evolution of Lagos Energy