Not many Nigerian females are active in the area of energy technology and solutions but Hannah Kabir found her niche in this field. In an interview with her, she tells Greennative that alternative sources of energy which is renewable should be harnessed to make up for the inadequate and frequent power outages experienced in Nigeria.
After working in the private sector for many years. Hannah proceeded to the United Kingdom to obtain MSc in Renewable Energy & Enterprise Management. Thereafter, she started her own company –CREEDS ENERGY. A company which provides access to renewable energy technologies. Current World Bank figures indicate only 55.6 percent of Nigeria’s population have access to electricity. In 2014, the average number of power outages experienced in a typical month was 36.4.
Why solar solution?
If the frequent puffing and coughing of power generators had become a way of life in Nigeria; Hannah wants to change this for the better. “I reached a point in life where I wanted more…. and to submit to the urge to do something that would have positive impacts on people and communities.” She says.
Even the smallest of CREEDS achievements has substantial positive effects. Hannah tells us about clients who stopped wasting food resources because their refrigerators and freezers run on solar power. Not only does food wastage result in economic losses, there are also consequences for the environment through greenhouse gas emissions, large consumption of water, land usage and even loss in biodiversity.
“Yes, of course!” She says. One that is peculiar is convincing Nigerians that solar power is beyond street lights that have been poorly executed in recent years. Adopting this technology is difficult because most are already dissatisfied with lights that line the streets, she added.
Cost is another. According to Hannah, while people complain the initial cost for solar power is high they often forget that with petrol or diesel generator, expenses does not stop at buying fuels. Significant extras such as costs of regular servicing and transportation to filling stations, risks of handling fuel and buying adulterated fuel, noise pollution, treating smoke related illnesses, inconveniences associated with switching on/off amongst others cannot be ignored.
Hannah is optimistic. For her, the future looks bright for solar power generation and use in Nigeria. It is no contest – local electricity generation (from the sun) is needed to support large scale energy infrastructure. While it looks like private sectors could be key players to redressing the existing status quo; it does not take away the urgent need for political will and commitment of governments.
What are your thoughts?
Nigeria’s electricity generation is largely from hydropower. If nothing else, it is most likely that the rapidly growing population’s increased electricity demands will continue to frustrate efforts to be connected (if any) by the authorities to the country’s national electric grid system. What choices do we have? Please share with us what you think: use the comment box below or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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