Nigeria’s blueprint for a brighter tomorrow

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In 2014, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the state government of Lagos joined forces to bring forth an ambitious project, Lagos Solar, to power public institutions by means of solar PV systems. Under the DFID tender and Lagos Solar, hundreds of schools along with almost a dozen Primary HealthCare Centers (PHC) throughout rural Lagos will be electrified by solar.

Nigeria is well-known for its vulnerabilities to widespread grid outages and unstable power. With a population of close to 175 million, the alarming reality of mass genset dependency or the sheer lack of access to the grid mean that tens of millions are far from a clean and stable source of power. The state of Lagos is the second most populous city in Nigeria, and is still rapidly growing. Many people reside in rural areas, and do not have any power supply at all. These populations suffer from a higher risk of poor health, whilst paying a large part of their livelihood for harmful and polluting energy.

To bring this electrification initiative into fruition, African Energy brought on highly trained local Nigerian partners to lead this project with the Lagos State Electricity Board (LSEB) throughout 170 sites. Schneider Electric’s Conext family of solar and battery-based inverter/charger system with online monitoring was selected as the most reliable technology for this initiative.

Lagos SolarFStudents enjoying the shade under a solar powered containerised system that houses a solar and storage solution

Read our full case study to discover how Lagos is setting an electrifying example of how sustainable solar power is changing lives at this very moment. Reliable access to clean power is no longer a dream, and this project has paved the way towards a model of sustainability for the rest of Africa to follow.