Total Nigeria Plc has commenced a new Solar Home Solutions to be implemented in pilot phases for households throughout the nation. This innovation complements their recent introduction of solar rechargeable lamps and solar-powered filling stations by the company in the nation’s large cities.
According to the management of Total Nigeria Plc, Nigeria’s current electricity generation of 5,500MW is not sufficient to meet the demand of the entire country which is estimated at 200,000MW. The alternate routes taken has been the use of fossil fuel-based energy source which is contributing to high carbon emission level in Nigeria.
At the Seventh Lagos State Summit For Climate Change, The Managing Director of Total Nigeria Plc, Alexis Vovk, said Total Nigeria saw the need for alternative energy technologies and solutions with the global climate change and increasing carbon emission becoming one of the most serious threats facing humanity.
“In our efforts to lead the campaign for a greener tomorrow, we have taken bold steps to venture into a more environment-friendly energy solutions.”
“The level of CO2 emission from gaseous fuel consumption in Nigeria as of 2011was estimated to be at 23.58M MT (World Development Indicators). Hence, the need for the development of alternative energy sources with lower carbon footprint cannot be overemphasized,” he said.
The International Energy Agency’s Africa Energy Outlook, had stated that about 93 million out of Nigeria’s 170 million population (55 per cent of the population), lack access to electricity.
Tapping into solar power would bring great respite to the country’s power issue.