SolarNigeria, a programme funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development has provided solar energy to 49,000 homes across the country, to increase electricity supply in Nigeria. The initiative is an innovative programme that helps solar suppliers and financiers scale up and allow households to access this equipment on full commercial terms.
The group, in a statement said the homes acquired solar lighting and power systems in the first three months this year with help from SolarNigeria. SolarNigeria said in order to get to more homes, the UKAID has approved additional £16.7 million for the programme to help scale the market for solar home lighting and power in Nigeria through to 2020, enabling millions of Nigerian households to experience reliable power for the very first time.
Funded by UKAID, SolarNigeria will help millions of Nigerian households (and micro-enterprises) to access modern, clean, lighting and electricity at a lower cost than kerosene lanterns and small generators.
Solar energy is radiant light and heat from the Sun that is harnessed using a range of ever-evolving technologies such as solar heating, photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, solar architecture and artificial photosynthesis. It is an important source of renewable energy and its technologies are broadly characterized as either passive solar or active solar depending on how they capture and distribute solar energy or convert it into solar power.
Active solar techniques include the use of photovoltaic systems, concentrated solar power and solar water heating to harness the energy. Passive solar techniques include orienting a building to the Sun, selecting materials with favorable thermal mass or light-dispersing properties, and designing spaces that naturally circulate air.