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Renewable Energy Potential in Nigeria

Chris Newsom


Renewable energy has considerable potential in Nigeria, and could bridge the major energy gaps in rural areas, particularly northern Nigeria. The scale of opportunities is only just becoming apparent as new grid technologies such as concentrated solar power are emerging as in competitors with conventional power generation. This report discusses energy sector in Nigeria and recommends action for harnessing the country's renewable energy potential. Find out more about our work on improving people's access to sustainable energy. This project was financed by the European Union.

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  • IIED code: G03512
  • Published: Dec 2012 - IIED
  • Area: Nigeria
  • Theme: Energy
  • Language: English

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Newsom, C (2012).Renewable Energy Potential in Nigeria, published by IIED for the Sungas Project.

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One in five people around the world – 1.3 billion people – lack electricity to light their homes or run their businesses, while wealthy countries consume vast amounts of electricity every day. IIED’s energy team works to promote access to sustainable energy for the poorest communities and a more equitable consumption of energy resources. Energy access is an area of great inequity. Access to sustainable modern energy services underpins health, education and livelihoods and increases resilience to climate change – yet millions of people have no access to electricity and use dangerous and unhealthy fuels for lighting and cooking.

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