In a bid to diversify its energy sources and optimise other assets for power production, Nigeria has set a target of meeting 30 per cent of its energy needs from renewables by 2030.
Mr. Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, made the assertion in a keynote address at the 2018 Pre-Conference Workshop of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists in Lagos on Monday.
Fashola said that the current component of grid power consists mainly of gas-fired power (85%) and hydropower (15%). He said, there was a need to produce an energy mix that targets a 30 per cent component of renewable energy out of the gross energy produced by 2030.
“Let me be clear and unequivocal by saying upfront that our commitment as a nation and government to pursue renewable and low carbon energy at low cost is clear, firm and unshaking. “But this is not all. It is a commitment driven by necessity, contract and policy,” he said.
The Minister said that government had also matched its intent with actions such as signing 14 solar power purchase agreement with 14 developers with the potential to deliver over 1,000 MW of solar power. “In addition to the necessity to diversify our energy sources from gas and provide some energy security, we are also driven to pursue renewable energy by contract,” he said.
He said that Africa must intensify efforts at improving transmission grid for renewable energy to be effectively developed on the continent. Fashola said that Nigeria as a committed member of the United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS, has adopted several international treaties and policies which promote the use of renewable energy.
This, he said, was in line with the national vision to provide incremental power, and then steady and uninterrupted power. The Minister said that the Federal Government recently approved an integrated energy mix targets under Electricity Vision 30:30:30 which targets generation of 30 GW in 2030, with 30 per cent from renewable energy sources.