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.
What is a Solar-Window(BIPV)?
Solar Windows are the most common type of BIPVs. Used all over the world in residential buildings, houses, and commercial units. Solar Windows transform any building into a green building. With these windows, the cost of energy is tremendously reduced. Most off-grid houses use Solar Windows for power production.
Where is a Solar-Window used?
Solar Windows get used instead of ordinary glass windows: High-rise apartment buildings, office spaces, off-grid homes, regular homes, and high-tech modern homes.
Advantages of Solar-Windows over glass windows
Solar Windows surve a multitude of purposes when installed. Here are some of the examples
- Beneficial for tall buildings where rooftop PV installation is not possible
- Solar Panels on the windows convert light into electricity
- They Insulate the interiors from harmful UV rays
- The acoustic of the interiors is maintained
- Large windows and skylights have illuminating effect on the interiors
- Any building with Solar Windows becomes a green eco friendly building
- Cost savings on Energy bills
- Best for off grid houses
- Lesser carbon emission due to the use of renewable sources of energy
- Improves the overall look of any building
How does a Solar-Window work?
Solar Windows work just like any other solar panel or cell. Instead of glass in the windows, Solar Panels are integrated. Angle and position of the solar panels within the window frame is decided by the location direction of the windows to get the maximum sun exposure.
Sunlight passes through the Solar Cells and Solar concentrators. Photons are induced in the cells releasing the letrones in the circuit to make the current flow. All the power get stored in the batteries for use with the inverters.
Big brand names in the Solar-Window market?
Solar Window manufacturers make Solar glass that is integrated into the normal window frames. Some big Solar Glass manufacturers in the USA are:
- Flabeg Technical Glass
- Abrisa Technologies
- Ditto Sales, Inc.
- S.I. Howard Glass Co., Inc.
- Pegasus Glass
- Sinclair Glass