This report is an output of the Mobile for Development Utilities Programme supported by the UK Government. The findings contained in the report demonstrate that the use of mobile technology – specifically Machine to Machine (M2M) and mobile payment services – are essential to support the deployment at scale of PAYG solar home systems, as demonstrated in East Africa. Although the market is nascent in Nigeria, Nova Lumos – who recently raised USD 15 million debt from OPIC, the U.S. Government’s Development Finance Institution – and new aspiring PAYG solar companies are demonstrating the potential for off-grid solutions to grow in the market. The report concludes that with the support of a broad ecosystem of players – including energy service providers, mobile network operators, as well as investors and the government – there is a strong potential to overcome current market barriers and tap into the significant off-grid opportunity and provide viable energy solutions to millions of Nigerians.
In developing this report, PwC interviewed sixteen key stakeholders involved in off-grid electrification projects in Africa and Asia to gain their perspective on the factors influencing the development of this solution to energy access. Interview participants included developers, technology providers, policy experts and government officials. The report discusses off-grid developments and looks at what it will take for them to mushroom and fill the gaps in grid infrastructure. It also looks at the types of initiatives that are taking root, their strengths and weaknesses and the support they need to receive from national energy policies if they are to continue to flourish. In conclusion, it suggests that a more integrated approach to energy policy could accelerate progress towards electricity for all.
This country briefing is one of 13 prepared as part of a background study for the Energy Africa campaign launched by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) on October 22, 2015. The study was undertaken by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) with SolarAid, and Practical Action. The report identifies that although there is a strong demand for off-grid systems in Nigeria and a strong Government desire to unlock solar power, overcoming the main obstacles including legislative, fiscal and information barriers will be key in scaling up solar PV systems for SMEs and rural households in the country.
Combining country fieldwork and 28 expert interviews, this report by The Economist Intelligence Unit assesses the current renewable power capacity on the African continent, identifies the market leaders and looks at the key enablers and constraints. The study, which focused primarily on solar and wind energy, finds that Africa requires between $60 and $90 billion annually to address its energy shortfall, roughly quadruple 2014 investment levels. It concludes that while fossil fuels, notably coal, oil and gas, continue to provide a significant quantity of energy – especially in South Africa – renewables need to play a greater role.
The Nigerian Energy Sector (2015)
This report on the Nigerian energy sector was compiled as part of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP). NESP is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The report provides an overview of the country’s energy sector with a special emphasis on renewable energy, energy efficiency and rural electrification.
The Power Africa Transactions and Reforms Program (PATRP), funded by USAID, is required to produce an annual report in addition to quarterly reports for each fiscal year. This is the second annual report generated by PATRP; the first documented the start-up activities of the program from May 16, 2014 to September 3o, 2014. This second annual report describes the main results achieved by the PATRP team led by Tetra Tech ES, Inc., and supported by its principal subcontractors Nexant, Inc. and BDO Risk Advisory Services, from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. In addition to discussing the progress made on the program’s objectives, it documents power sector trends, barriers to private sector participation and investment in the energy sector in priority Power Africa countries like Nigeria, and lessons learned.
Renewable Energy in Nigeria (2015)
This report is an output of a study of the current state of the energy sector in Nigeria carried out by the Center for Renewable Energy Technology (CRET) and sponsored by the Korean Government. The comprehensive study included an inventory of Nigeria’s fossil and renewable energy resources. Total energy demand and the capacity of the existing infrastructure to deliver required power to all regions were studied. CRET examined the past, current and future energy policies as these impact efforts to solve the nation’s energy problems and recommended practical approaches to harnessing Nigeria’s renewable energy sources. It also discussed the best opportunities for Korean companies to succeed in the Nigerian energy sector.
This report, which was compiled by KPMG Nigeria, provides an overview of Nigeria’s sustainable technologies sector. It briefly discusses the following key sub-sectors where there have been significant developments: water management, agriculture and forestry, transportation and renewable energy. It also summarizes the key regulatory and fiscal legislation applicable to companies operating in the sector as well as available incentives. In conclusion, it presents an analysis of the opportunities and challenges facing the sector.