The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has advised Nigerians to embrace solar energy to reduce pressure on the national grid.
Fashola gave the advice in Lagos at the launch of a book titled “Solar Electricity Generation for off-grid communities in Nigeria”, written by Oladele Amoda, the Managing Director, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC).
Fashola also advised Nigerians to invest in solar energy, which he said remained energy for the future.
“Solar energy is very important to reach Nigerians living in various communities that are difficult to reach by the Disco.
“We are committed to incremental power and policies that will drive the power sector; Solar is one of the renewable energy,” he said.
He used the opportunity to also to announce that Nigeria’s power generation has jerked from 2600MW to 7000MWbetween 2015 to 2017.
The minister, however, allayed fears of Electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) over the deployment of more solar power through mini-grids and other Federal Government initiatives aimed at improving service in the power sector.
He commended Amoda’s initiative in authoring a book that would address power sector challenges, adding that Amoda was outstanding.
He said that the book presentation was timely as power sector would start to witness dry session by next month