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By Emmanuel Daudu, Abuja

Mallam Imamuddeen Talba, Chairman Steering Committee on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Associations, has said that the alliance has come into being as a result of the desire of the various Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Associations to establish a structure that will serve as an umbrella body that will effectively coordinate and monitor their various activities.

The chairman made the statement yesterday 25 Feb. 2021 at the Nicon Luxury in Abuja while giving a welcome address during the inaugural ceremony of the alliance.

Speaking further, he said, the initiative was midwifed by and is a product of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP11), a joint program by the Federal Ministry of Power, the European Union, and the GIZ.

“The NESP11 seeks to promote the development of the RE & EE sector in Nigeria by enabling and fostering investments in the domestic market, as well as improving access to electricity in line with sustainable development goals. To achieve that, one key aspect was identified i.e., strengthening the existing established RE&EE organizations to efficiently and effectively play the role as promoters of the RE&EE sector. This necessitated the compelling need to establish a structure that will reflect and realign with the objectives and ideas of all relevant organizations and allow for efficient communication amongst the members as well as other relevant stakeholders”.

Giving a brief background of the alliance, he said, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Association –(the Alliance) was born on the 25th of September 2020.
“The founding member Associations are:
Association of Energy Engineers
Council for Renewable energy in Nigeria
Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria
Renewable and Alternative Energy Society of Nigeria
Solar Energy Society of Nigeria
Sustainable Energy Practitioners Association of Nigeria.
Women in Renewable Energy in Nigeria”.

Earlier, Mallam Imamuddeen Talba has disclosed that the vision of the alliance is to use RE&EE technologies a means of improving energy access in Nigeria, and the mission is to improve the quality and standard of the RE&EE technologies, assist in policy formulation and implementation by strengthening the capacity for knowledge generation, dissemination and deployment for sustainable development.
“Fundamentally the objectives of the alliance inter alia include:
To promote, stimulate and advocate the practice of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Nigeria in accordance with internationally accepted industry standard;
To act as a channel for interaction with Government organizations, Non-governmental organization, donor organization and the public on issues and activities that may impact on the development of the RE & EE industry;
To undertake research and assist in the formulation, analyzing, and review of policy and regulating frameworks for RE & EE in Nigeria;
To facilitate technology transfer, development, and innovation and promote local content in RE & EE Sector in Nigeria; and
To promote adoption of international best practices in RE & EE Sector concerning mitigating and adaptation measures in climate-resilient actions”.

The Chairman Board of Trustee of the Alliance, Engr. Prof Abubakar S. Sambo, OON, NPOM
FNSE, FAEng, FAS, FNIMechE, FNAEE, FSESN, FRAESON, FNIM, FNIPE, FEI(UK) who was a keynote speaker emphasized that policy-making and strategic implementation will be the greatest tool to positively impact on the future of renewable energy in any nation.

“Nigeria needs to have in place, a coordinated and coherent energy policy, which will serve as a blueprint for the sustainable development, supply and utilization of energy resources within the economy, and for the use of such resources in international trade and co-operation. Such policy must also address the issues of energy manpower development, indigenous participation, domestic self-reliance, the energy needs of various sectors of the economy, energy sector financing, as well as private and other non-governmental sectors’ participation in the energy sector. Luckily, the country is endowed with many energy resources, both renewable and non-renewable types.
Up till now, existing policies in the energy sector have been those of individual energy sub-sectors such as electricity, oil and gas, and solid minerals. These had been developed from the limited perspectives of each of the sub-sectors and had resulted, in some cases, to conflicting policies and programmes, to the detriment of the country as a whole. There is a need, therefore, for a comprehensive and integrated national energy policy to provide proper direction to the development of the entire energy sector”.

Giving a broader analysis, he said, the way Forward In Nigeria today, the major economic sectors of industry, transport, services and households are greatly restrained from the expected growth due to the grossly inadequate energy supplies.
“Electrical power of 4,000 – 5,000 MW is grossly inadequate for a population of more than 200 Million people. Recent energy demand projections show that for a GDP growth rate of 6%, the required electrical power will be about 31,000 MW in 2020; 63,000 MW in 2030; and 100,000 MW in 2040. This can be achieved by not only significant expansion of the energy mix for electricity generation from the current mix of gas and hydro to also include coal, nuclear, solar, wind and biofuels but can indeed be attained by renewable energy power technologies alone. In view of the current grid limitations much of the new generations will have to be used in off-grid basis.
It is possible for only solar PV to produce 11,575 MW in 2030; 60,310 MW in 2040 and 99,658 MW in 2050. The quantity of solar modules to be needed as well as the matching number of the balance of system components of deep cycle rechargeable batteries, inverters, charge controllers, switches and cables will require their local production in Nigeria. In order to ensure sustainable use of solar energy technologies, assembly plants will have to be established in the nation”.

The Vice-Chairman Steering Committee of the REEEA-A, Professor Magnus Onuoha also reiterated that the coming together of these organizations within the industry will ensure rapid development in the sector.

He further elucidated that the alliance is timely as the world is now revolving around renewable energy.

At the tail end of the event, Dr. Uzodinma Aderieje, the publicity Secretary was celebrated publicly in commemoration of his birthday.

However, the DG/CEO, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Prof. Eli Jidere Bala, Chairman NERC, Engr. Sanusi Garba, MD, Rural Electrification Agency, Dr. Ahmad Salihijo, Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP II) Mr. Olumide Fatoki, CEO, German Solar Company (BSW), David Wedepohl amongst others gave goodwill messages.

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