Lagos, Nov. 25, 2016 — Yesterday industry leaders came together for the launch of the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN) at the West African Power Industry Convention. The launch was attended by guests from over 100 organizations working in, and supporting, the renewable energy sector in Nigeria.
REAN is an umbrella association for organizations working across the renewable energy spectrum within the country, including renewable energy enterprises, project developers and promoters. The association will provide a strong private sector voice to call for policies which catalyze the growth of the renewable energy market, and increase finance to the sector. REAN’s goal is for renewable energy—including solar, hydro, biomass and wind—to contribute forty percent of the national energy mix by 2030.
96 million people in Nigeria lack access to energy, by far the largest number of any country in Africa. Although Nigeria’s grid capacity is over 12,000 Megawatts (MW), only 4,500MW is available due to a chronic lack of investment. An increasing range of decentralized renewable energy solutions provide a fast and affordable way to increase energy access, while greater support for renewable solutions is also critical for meeting the country’s ambitious climate goals set out this month at COP22.
REAN’s members manufacture, install, maintain, sell and finance an array of renewable energy solutions, from rapidly deployable decentralized technologies—including household solar, renewable mini-grids and off-grid irrigation systems—to larger grid connected solutions.
REAN President, Mr. Segun Adaju, said: “At this critical time for energy and climate we are delighted so many renewable energy enterprises are coming together to support the launch of the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria. It is vital for the sector to have a united voice with which to call for supportive policy, financing and regulation. We hope that many more organisations will join the association in the coming days and weeks, and join our efforts to ensure that all Nigerians can access clean, safe power.”
The launch event included presentations on the energy sector in Nigeria, and details of the REAN structure, constitution and plans for 2017. All organizations working in the renewable energy industry are invited to join the association.
The growth of REAN has been supported by its founding members, as well as national and international organizations including the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria, Heinrich Boll Foundation, the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association and Power for All.
About the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN)
REAN is an umbrella for the other associations in the field of renewable energy in Nigeria and provides a unified platform for all renewable energy companies, practitioners and promoters to speak with one voice. The Association aims to provide valuable private sector input in the formulation and implementation of policies affecting Nigeria’s renewable energy market, to enable renewable energy to grow to forty percent of the national energy mix by 2030.
About Power for All
Power for All is a global campaign to accelerate the deployment of distributed renewable energy solutions, from basic solar lanterns to rooftop systems and renewable mini-grids. The campaign serves as a collective voice for businesses and civil society organisations focused on achieving universal energy access. Power for All and its partners seek to shape policy, attract investment, and build effective, collaborative partnerships—creating the conditions needed for the sector to scale at speed. Power for All has also launched national campaigns in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe.