SGI Improving Power Supply
In a country as Nigeria where more than 55 per cent of its people live without access to electricity, and spends over $14 billion annually on access to basic energy, Smarter Grid International provides the nation with innovative and affordable off-grid technologies. Sunday Ehigiator writes…
According to the World Bank off-grid solar market trend report 2016, “Over 1.2 billion people are living without electricity globally. More than 645 million of these people live in sub-Saharan Africa. More than 80 per cent of primary schools in Africa have no electricity. Population without grid access lives in rural areas where it is not economically prudent for grid, and without access to the grid, they spend about $27 billion annually on lighting with fossil fuel powered stopgap. Most people connected to the grid also suffer from epileptic power supply.”
The International Energy Agency (IEA) also reports that the unavailability of the grid connection is much higher in Nigeria in comparison to other sub-Saharan African countries. While the off-grid population in sub-Saharan Africa spends over $27 billion on lighting with stopgap technology such as; kerosene lamp, oil lamp, candle light, generator, you can’t take away the disadvantages of these stopgap technologies possess. They include but not limited to; damages to the environment, health of people, risk of accidental fuel ingestion, risk of fire and loose of lives. And in addition, these technologies are far more expensive than solar powered electrical appliances….