May 27, 2024
Gennex Colloquium: Influx of quacks, substandard components threaten solar power operations in Nigeria
– By Godswill Odiong

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By Godswill Odiong
Gennex Technologies, an indigenous energy company in Nigeria has highlighted influx of unqualified solar installers, substandard components and lack of innovative financial packages as major setbacks in providing renewable and alternative energy supply in Nigeria.

The Managing Director, Gennex Technologies, Mr Patrick Ilo, who disclosed this at a colloquium tagged: “Delivering Sustainable Energy Across Africa”, said that these problems have affected the delivery of quality products and services to customers as well as hinder sustainable development.

He maintained that one of the major challenges confronting the sector is how to properly size and design solar solutions to make them more cost-effective and at the same time durable.

 

Ilo added that entire industry is not helped by the proliferation of inexperienced and unqualified solar installers, who advised commercial, industrial and even residential customers on solutions design and sizing, and choice of inputs.

According to him, the industry is still grappling with the challenge of sub-standard inputs and components, which, he said, has the capacity to erode the confidence of customers in their journey to transition to renewable energy.

”The industry is also grappling with how to ensure that commercial and Industrial customers, as well as other end users, have access to innovative financial packages to assist them in the uptake of solar solutions,” Ilo highlighted.

He said these issues are germane to the development of the entire solar and renewable energy industry in Nigeria, noting that stakeholders cannot play the ostrich and pretend they do not matter or affect the development of the sector.

Ilo said the firm is focused on revolutionising the off-grid solar and renewable energy space in the country through innovative solutions for seamless transition to clean, renewable energy.

“We are looking at a day where every household and industry will be off the national grid and use renewable energy. We want to make sure renewable energy is installed in every household, communities, rural areas and industries, both private and public.”

“We want to make sure our company is at the front burner of providing the best, reliable, safe and affordable renewable energy and solar power to every household and industry,” he said.

Speaking further on the colloquium, Ilo said: “Our expectation is that by bringing the entire ecosystem together to highlight and distill these issues and solutions, we will have workable plans of action going forward. Through the Gennex Colloquium 2022, we are also very optimistic that we will be able to place on the table of policy actors, critical insights and agenda that would galvanise the development of the entire renewable energy industry.”

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