Nigeria is turning to renewable energy in a big way. This is as a result of a population increase that has sent carbon emissions soaring and stretched power supplies to a breaking point.
Campaigners welcome the shift to renewable as an efficient way to bring power to rural communities and help clean up a country with some of the world’s worst urban pollution rates.
According to power minister Babatunde Fashola, Africa’s most populous country needs more than 10 times its current electricity output to guarantee supply for its 198 million people, nearly half of whom have no access at all.
“Ready access to electricity will reduce youth unemployment and increase productivity,” Ifeoma Malo, Nigeria country director at the global campaign group Power For All, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“It will contribute greatly to reducing the carbon footprint of a growing energy demand by the urban population,” she added.