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Can renewable energy turn Nigeria's lights on?

Chris Newsom


Around 70 million Nigerians have no access to grid electricity. Reliable night-time lighting for households, for refrigeration, and affordable power for businesses would change many lives, and renewable energy has the potential to do this. But for solar power, hydropower and wind energy to be made available on a significant scale, government policy needs to change. Affordable loans to finance development and market growth for a range of installations, including solar thermal power, which shows major
long-term potential for northern Nigeria, are essential. And government and non-government organisations must implement a strategy to increase understanding among individual consumers, business people and policymakers about the benefits of renewable energy.

This project was financed by the European Union.

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  • IIED code: G03519
  • Published: Jan 2013
  • Area: Nigeria
  • Theme: Energy
  • Language: English

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Newsom, C (2013) Can renewable energy turn Nigeria's lights on?Sungas Briefing, IIED, London.
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