The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has issued new standards for the renewable energy sector.
The Director General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, who disclosed this explained that apart from increasing access to power supply across the country, the new standards would open up improved investments in the sector.
According to him, the solar power industry relies heavily on standardisation and renewable energy has become increasingly important across the country.
The new standards are energy meters, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, inverters, batteries and charger controllers and these he said would substantially increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix under the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He observed that in Nigeria where expensive and ecologically harmful diesel generators are widely used, the unveiling of new standards would improve access to electricity in Nigeria.
The agency would deploy a multi-stakeholder approach with consultations and inputs from relevant public-private entities to develop a more regulated and standardised market that encourages further investments into Renewable Energy (RE) and Efficient Energy (EE) sector.
To achieve this, the SON is currently being supported by the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), a technical assistance programme co-funded by the European Union and the German Government and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Power.
The organisation noted that due to its flexibility and affordability, solar power has fast become the most popular form of renewable power.
SON said NESP aims to improve the framework conditions for investments in the application of renewable energy and energy efficiency and rural electrification, saying that its main objective is to provide guidance towards the achievement of the objectives of the strategy set for the implementation of renewable energy policy.
“NESP aims at enabling and fostering investments in a domestic market for Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) and improving access to electricity in Nigeria,” SON declared.
According to SON, following extensive consultations, 37 standards were selected and approved in November 2020, pointing out that
given renewable energy’s increasing prominence, the solar power industry understandably relies heavily on standardization. “Standards play an essential part in testing, energy conversion, reflectance or materials properties, fabricating arrays, integrating into the smart grid and assuring workplace safety.”
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