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Solar Market Outlook in Nigeria

With a population of 200 million and an economy that relies mostly on its oil reserves, the economy of Nigeria is highly volatile. Add to that Nigeria’s electricity woes. Many residents and business owners in the country rely on generators to power up their business and even then a huge percentage of the population has no access to electricity. 

Experts agree that this shouldn’t be the case as this is a tropical country. Geographically, its location close to the equator means that it has mostly sunny days throughout the year. The government is hoping that this renewable energy source could be the solution they’re seeking to combat the electricity woes that have haunted them for decades.

The National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy in Nigeria was established in 2014. This policy details that Nigeria has a target of 20% electricity generation from renewable sources, mostly solar, in an effort to address the nationwide electricity shortage. They are also hoping to encourage more private investments in solar power plants.

There is notably a high solar potential in Nigeria, which gets up to 7 hours of sunlight daily. If this sunlight can be harnessed, it will produce 333,000 MW of solar power, which should be more than enough to bridge the electricity gap in the country. 

Solar Energy Equipment Supply Capacity in Nigeria

Just as solar power plant projects are limited, there is also limited availability in local manufacturers of solar equipment in Nigeria. For those looking to make solar installations, you can turn to online or global suppliers and distributors for that. 

Top Major Seaports & Logistics in Nigeria

Transporting and logistics handling of solar equipment into Nigeria should be easy since there are plenty of commercial ports available such as

  • Lagos Port Complex,
  • Calabar Port Complex,
  • Delta Port,
  • Rivers Port Complex,
  • Tin Can Island Port, 
  • the Onne Port.

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Power Optimizers

What are Power Optimizers for Solar Inverters?

Power optimizers are additional devices used in Solar Power generation to convert DC to DC (that’s right, not a typo, DC to DC). Power optimizers tune the performance of individual panels in the Solar power plant. 

Optimizers are required because the photoelectric effect does not produce the same energy in all the panels equally. Factors like the shading of panels due to clouds and dust can result in non-uniform distribution of power.

What are the types of Power Optimizers for Solar Inverters?

Module-level Power Optimizer: Power optimizers at each module level optimize the energy distribution to negate the effect of peculiar conditions.

Sometimes the panels don’t operate at the optimal power efficiency. In that case, the module measures the maximum power point tracking. MPPT helps to optimize the DC characteristics to get the maximum possible power output.

In Solar Power plants, the panels get connected in series. Therefore the reduced output from a few panels can lead to the reduced power output power of the whole system. 

Sometimes up to 50% of power is lost. Power optimizers become critical for not only optimizing the output DC power. But also save the system from power loss of up to half of the capacity.

How do the Power Optimizers for Solar Plant work?

Large Solar plants face an efficiency dip in power production and delivery of the power to the load. Solar Inverters convert DC to AC for the consumers. 

The DC input to the inverters is not consistent without an optimizer. Power optimizers use maximum power point tracking to make the DC power output from panels optimal.

This optimal DC power is fed to the Solar Inverters to get the efficient flow of current at optimal levels. Smaller DC voltage is hard to convert into AC voltage. Power Optimizers are necessary, especially for big Solar power plants.

What are some top brands of Power Optimizers for Solar Inverters?

SolarEdge produces high quality PV modules for Power Optimization in the Solar Inverters.

Latest technology in Power optimizers is presented by the following brands.

  • Alencon
  • Tigo
  • APsystems
  • SunSepc