‘Why Nigeria cannot use renewable energy’

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The Director-General, National Power Training  Institute of Nigeria(NAPTIN), Engineer Rueben Okeke and the Managing Director, Ikeja Electric, Mr. Abiodun Ajifowobaje, have said Nigeria cannot get the required volume of  electricity from renewable energy sources such as solar, coal, biomass and wind.

They said solar, coal, and biomass cannot generate megawatts of electricity that can meet the power demands of the 170 million Nigerians. They spoke to The Nation at different fora. Okeke said the three renewable energy sources put together cannot generate one third of electricity that either hydro or thermal would provide.

He said the money, which the government would spend in providing 10 or 20 megawatts (Mw) of electricity from solar, biomass, wind or coal can generate an appreciable number of megawatts when hydro or thermal form of generation is used.

He said the country is not ripe for renewable energy, urging the government and other investors to concentrate on hydro and gas powered plants for growth. He said it is impossible to grow the economy with  renewable energy, arguing that conventional sources of energy is the best and widely acceptable means of generating electricity globally.

Okeke said the country boasts of 70 per cent gas power, and 30 per cent hydro electricity, advising that the two should be developed to meet the growing energy needs of the populace.

Ajifowobaje also said solar, biomass and coal provide insignificant quantum of electricity megawatts, and as such, cannot meet the needs of the masses.

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