The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has approved four new standards for renewable energy efficiency in Nigeria.
It also unveiled new energy standards for energy meters, solar photovoltaic panels, inverters, batteries and charger controllers.
A statement from the office of the Director General, SON, explained that the solar power industry “relies heavily” on standardisation, adding that renewable energy had become increasingly important across the country.
According to the agency, apart from increasing access to power supply across the country, the new standards would open up improved investments in the renewable and efficient energy sector.
This is to substantially increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix under the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, SON added.
Besides, the standards body stated that in a country such as Nigeria where expensive and ecologically harmful diesel generators were widely used, the unveiling of new standards would improve access to electricity.
SON said it would deploy a multi-stakeholder approach with consultations and inputs from relevant public-private entities to develop a more regulated and standardised market that would encourage further investments into Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy sector.
To achieve this, the agency is being supported by the Nigerian Energy Support Programme, a technical assistance programme co-funded by the European Union and the German Government, and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, in collaboration with the Nigeria’s Ministry of Power.
SON noted that due to its flexibility and affordability, solar power became the most popular form of renewable power.
The NESP aims to improve the framework conditions for investments in the application of RE, EE and rural electrification, Financial Street gathered.
“NESP aims at enabling and fostering investments in a domestic market for RE and EE as well as improving access to electricity in Nigeria,” SON declared.
Following extensive consultations, 37 standards were selected and approved in November 2020, said, out that given renewable energy’s increasing prominence, the solar power industry understandably relies heavily on standardisation.
“Standards play an essential part in testing, energy conversion, reflectance or materials properties, fabricating arrays, integrating into the smart grid and assuring workplace safety,” SON stressed.
The agency has been enlightening consumers on how to make informed purchasing decisions on energy serving electrical products and appliances.
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