Nigerian engineers say solar power is not a viable option

Solar power is not a viable alternative of power, considering the fact that it is costly, and no country can totally run solely on it.

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Decrying the nearly comatose state of the power sector in Nigeria, the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE), gathered together to deliberate on solutions.

They converged at the University of Lagos for the 2015 Annual Lecture and Life Achievement Awards and Induction of New Members.

The engineers advised the federal government to consider alternative sources of energy, adding that no economic policy will work without a functional power sector.

A keynote speaker Prof. Joseph Olorunfemi Ojo from the  Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, USA, said solar power is not a viable alternative of power, considering the fact that it is costly, and no country can totally run solely on it.

He added that “It is evident that through-out the year, the solar energy potential increases as you journey from the southern part to the northern part of Nigeria. The North-west and North-east boundary states of Nigeria such as Sokoto, Katsina, Jigawa, Yobe and Borno states have the highest potentials. Borno State, including the Lake Chad basin, has a higher solar energy potential throughout the year.”

Olorunfemi hinged his argument of a 10 year study of the radiation maps of Nigeria by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the US.

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