Renewable energy experts and members of the International Renewable Energy Centre (IREC) reflected over the power crisis facing the country as it marked its 49th independe-nce anniversary and came out with a verdict that the easiest way to solve the nationâ€™s power crisis lies in actively encouraging alternative energy generati-on.
According to Bolade Soremekun, an alumnus of the New York University USA, â€œNigeria can easily solve the problem of power with a short term approach using the combination of off-grid electricity generation and distribution (distributed generation) in the rural communities and Demand Side Management (DSM) in urban areas; encouraging energy conservation and efficiency. The idea of DSM and energy conservation in urban areas will help to optimise the little capacity of electricity the country is able to generate.
â€œThe country does not need any rocket science knowledge to fix the power problem. The solution to the present predicament in the power sector is available and the required manpower can be sourced easily in the country. The challenge is appropriation and manage-ment of the required funds and the ability to implement a comprehensive electricity master plan which comprises of various sources of energy in the country.â€
Explaining further, James Ogunleye, project co-ordinator of IREC and a graduate of Renewable Energy Enginee-ring from the University of Reading UK, said the need to solve Nigeriaâ€™s power crisis, as the country grows closer to its golden jubilee, was what informed the bodyâ€™s international conference and exhibition.