Nigeria Has 30% Solar PV Potential: Report


The West African Economic Outlook from the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), released last month, said Nigeria has a solar PV potential of 30%.

According to the outlook, Nigeria is one of the countries in the West African region with the largest resources and economic potential for further adoption of solar PV.

In addition, the report also noted that the data shows that Mali and The Gambia have a 30% potential to develop solar PV technologies.

Meanwhile, Ghana has a solar PV capacity of 35% and the Republic of Niger has a solar PV capacity of 50%, while Burkina Faso has a solar PV potential of 60%.

wind capacity: In the area of ​​wind energy adoption, Nigeria has a potential of 10% along with Mali and the Republic of Benin. Meanwhile, Ghana has 25% potential and the Republic of Niger has 30% potential. Meanwhile, Gambia has 60% potential, Senegal 70% potential and Cape Verde an interesting 90% potential.

Small-scale hydropower: Nigeria registered a potential of 30% for this energy source along with Mali, Burkina Faso and Mali. Guinea-Bissau also registered 40%, while the Republic of Benin, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia and Togo registered 50%. Sierra Leone had 60%.

Biomass: Nigeria scored a 30% potential for biomass along with Togo, Sierra Leone, Mali and Guinea. Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau and Liberia emerged as the countries with the highest biomass energy potential in the West African region at 40%.

Renewable energy share: The AfDB perspective noted that power supply in West Africa is projected to grow from 51 terawatt hours (TWh) in 2010 to 247 TWh in 2030 and 600 TWh in 2050, creating opportunities to deploy renewable energy technologies in all countries of the world. the region.

According to the outlook, the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Policy (EREP), which was first approved in 2012, aims to increase the region’s share of renewable energy in the overall electricity mix to 35% by 2020 and to 48% by 2030.

For the record: The outlook indicates that the share of new renewables such as wind, solar, small hydro and bioelectricity (excluding large hydro) will increase to around 10% by 2020 and 19% by 2030. These targets translate in an additional 2,425 MW. of renewable electricity capacity by 2020 and 7,606 MW by 2030.

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