Nigerians turn to renewable energy as solution to power crisis
Nigeria produces about 2.5 million barrels of oil each day, yet many of its citizens live without electricity. Some residents are now seeking alternative solutions to the country’s ongoing energy crisis.
Lessons from South Africa
South Africa has a population of about 53 million and produces more than 40,000 megawatts of electricity. Nigeria produces about 4,000 megawatts for a population of nearly 175 million.
Joubert says coming to Abuja has opened his eyes to the potential of responding to that need. “I was mainly focused on keeping away from Nigeria, mainly because of all the corruption and things like that you have heard about on the news,” he said. “This has been a good experience for me.”
This need for electricity has led some Nigerians to take advantage of what renewable energy has to offer. Just over a year ago Saleh Auta, another shop owner had a $50 solar panel and light installed at his small shop through the government’s renewable energy program.