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Nigeria: Schneider Electric Implements Renewable Energy Project

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As part of measures by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) to promote energy efficiency in Nigeria, Schneider Electric has been selected to implement a renewable energy project at the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN’s) headquarters building in Abuja.

According to the company, the project, which is aimed at showcasing the commission’s building as a model for public lighting using renewable energy will include the replacement of all non-compliant lighting fixtures in the building with Schneider Electric’s energy efficient LED lamps ‘In-Diya’.

It will also include the installation of Schneider Electric’s off grid energy solution ‘Villasol’, as well as an upgrade of the building’s electrical distribution network to include metering so that the energy consumption of the building can be measured henceforth.

Speaking at the event in Abuja, Country President of Schneider Electric, Mr. Marcel Hochet, described the project as a landmark development in the sensitisation of the general public on the feasibility and benefits of energy efficient lamps. He said: “As the global specialist in energy management, Schneider Electric is committed to bringing to the project its enormous wealth of experience and knowhow to ensure timely completion and delivery”.

Hochet stated that Schneider Electric was strongly committed to helping people make the most of their energy. This, he said, involved making the energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and most of all, green. He added: ‘Our fully functional renewable energy project in Asore, Ogun state is a testimony to Schneider Electric’s involvement in renewables industry in Nigeria.”

Also speaking, National Coordinator of the UNDP-GEF Programme, Mr. Etiosa Uyigue, disclosed that the project’s target was to reduce the buildings’ consumption by up to 50percent thereby creating an energy efficiency best practice for others to follow.

The DG, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Prof Sambo, in a presentation highlighted that the key barriers to successful energy efficiency practice in Nigeria included a lack of relevant policy, cost versus market ratios, and lack of information as well as wrong human behaviour.

The UNDP-Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Nigeria had in May 2011, launched an energy efficiency project to promote appliances in the residential and public sector, which had earlier been boosted by a $3 million dollar grant in 2009.

The four-year’s project is being implemented by the UNDP, while the Federal Ministry of Environment and Energy Commission are among the executing partners of the project that is being funded by GEF. Similar projects, according to the company had recorded success stories in countries like Ghana, Cuba and Bangladesh.

From: All Africa

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201209180503.html