By Osaigbovo Iguobaro
A University Don, Ma-Riekpen Edekin Evbogbai has proposed a power generation shift from the conventional hydro energy to renewable energy-solar generated power for Nigeria to attain the needed economic, industrial growth and development.
The professor of electrical and electronics in Edo University, Uzairue, Edo State gave the recommendation while delivering the 2nd inaugural lecture series of Edo State University, entitled, “Light, Man and Development: Photovoltaic Power Generation for Sustainable Development” at the Institution.
According to him, renewable energy such as solar power is inexhaustible, replenishable and environmental friendly. In addition, it can be converted to electrical energy and available for all and sundry unlike the hydro energy which requires a swift flowing river and hydro carbon based energy resources which are site specific.
Evbogbai explained that Photovoltaic power generation which involves the direct conversion of light energy from the sun into electrical energy, is the most viable solution to resolve the electrical energy crises in Nigeria because it is renewable, clean, cheap and environmental friendly.
He said to ensure industrial and economic development, there is need to improve electricity generation and distribution across the Country as the approximately 5, 000MW megawatts currently available for transmission to final consumers, is not enough incorporating Photovoltaic Power generation in the nation’s electricity energy mix.