Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, while at a book launch in Lagos, has advised Nigerians to embrace solar energy to reduce pressure on the national grid, The Nation reports.
The book on solar in off grid communities was written by Mr Oladele Amoda, the Managing Director of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC). “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 [them],” he said.
He also allayed fears of Discos over the deployment of more solar through mini-grids. Amoda said that the essence of the book was to create awareness on important sources of alternative energy in Nigeria as Nigerians could not continue to depend on the use of fossil fuels which gave rise to various environmental issues. He said that renewable energy also reduced incessant vandalism synonymous with conventional energy theft in the network.