Solar Power Generation in Nigeria is Possible

Solar Power Generation in Nigeria

Here in the United States, continuous, reliable electrical power is something we take for granted.

But in Nigeria and many parts of Africa, the idea of a continuous power supply is nothing more than an elusive dream.

We should know. Many of Stodad’s directors grew up in Nigeria – and even attended the same high school there – before coming to the U.S. for their higher education.

The electrical supply in Nigeria is often so undependable that many homes and businesses often have to rely on a diesel generator to power their homes. They’re the power supply lifeline for the rich and the poor, for high-rise apartments and marketplaces, for banks, hotels, hospitals, schools and virtually any human activity in Nigeria.

This gets very expensive when you consider the cost of diesel fuel, maintenance, and spare parts.

But Nigeria has a simple solution at hand: sunlight. There is abundant sunlight year round in this country, which makes solar power an obvious pathway for Nigerians to enjoy reliable and continuous electric power.

For this to happen, Nigeria would have to import the components needed for solar power operation, as well as skilled professionals who can install these systems safely and reliably.

Unfortunately, Nigeria is a choice destination for makes and brands of solar components from around the world, and has no requirements, licensing or codes for solar installations or installers.

As a result, unqualified installers go door-to-door offering sales gimmicks to desperate customers. And many state and local governments have embarked on solar projects without proper due diligence and technical reviews.

This has led to solar-powered traffic lights, street lights and other systems that failed within months of installation, leading many in Nigeria to think that solar power cannot work in their country.

We heard these exact words from a Nigerian transplant working at Newark Liberty International Airport recently. He asked us what Stodad did and we told him about Stodad’s EverRun installation, an off-grid residential solar power system at Onitsha in eastern Nigeria.

We think this project – in development for more than a year – disproves the myth that solar power can’t work in Nigeria.

The EverRun is designed and engineered for the precise amount of sunlight at each site location, with proven American solar electric power components used to package the systems.

Maintainability is a key consideration in packaging the systems, especially the solar modules. All major electrical components are covered by a one-year warranty. The solar modules – which have 25-year life – are covered for many years except for physical damage.

We offer the Stodad EverRun in four basic sizes:

  • 3kVA
  • 6kVA
  • 9kVA
  • 12kVA

The units will perform as engineered by Stodad Corporation, with installation and commissioning services provided by Stodad Engineering (Nigeria) Limited, which will also provide full maintenance under contract.

Each customer will undergo a mandatory site visit. This visit will help us select the appropriate location for our top-of-pole mounted solar module array and ensure proper accounting of all the appliances that will be powered by the Stodad EverRun. Once the contract is executed, installation and commissioning each unit takes about two weeks at each site.

The decision-making that goes into buying an off-grid residential solar power system is similar to what goes into buying a car. For example, there are many makes and models at a wide range of prices. Most people buy a car based on budget and the value offered by the carmaker.

Certain cars – and certain solar systems – appeal to certain markets. In the case of the Stodad EverRun, the market is Nigeria’s upper middle class and professional demographics.

If you think solar power is the answer to your organization’s energy needs, Stodad can help. We are a consulting organization that offers multi-disciplined architectural, engineering and computer-aided engineering design services to electric utility companies.

Our principals have been responsible for a wide range of engineering and construction processes that involve everything from hazardous fluid handling, feedwater regulators, water treatment plants and HVAC facilities.

We are committed to helping energy companies bring Nigeria’s economy, social, and human capital development into the twenty-first century by improving existing power generation systems and increasing overall system capacity. Contact us today to learn more.