The Lagos state government has trained energy stakeholders on commercial opportunities in the solar industry as part of its commitment to enable cooperation, improve knowledge, and promote the adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy.
The General Manager of the Lagos State Electricity Board (LSEB), Engr. Mukhtaar Tijani, told participants at the one-day seminar held in Ikeja that the seminar is part of the State government’s strategy to increase interest in renewable energy and support policies and investment in the sector.
The General Manager, while speaking on the seminar’s theme, “Thriving in Solar Business,” revealed that the programme is targeted toward offering in-depth knowledge on complex and competing agendas in solar business, with a special focus on its constituents and variations across time scales.
According to him, “The rapid rise of the solar industry in Lagos offers insights into the realities of the state’s energy roadmap in examining the role of government support for the solar market and how effective they can be in providing optimal solutions to climate change. The agency is making strides to ensure that solar becomes a viable replacement for non-renewable energy sources.”
He also revealed that the current administration is committed to accelerating the usage of contemporary renewable energy and is spearheading the country’s energy transition efforts.
“As a government, we are playing an enabling role by promoting and implementing policy interventions to enable this acceleration and further strengthen energy security, scale-up infrastructure investment and promote the growth of the green economy,” he said.
Solar energy expansion, according to Tijani, is still largely dependent on policymakers setting ambitious goals and putting in place sound policies, market designs, and regulatory frameworks, as well as technological research, development, and deployment.
“The solar industry is significant in shaping the future of energy generation and the technology is versatile and an inexhaustible fuel source that is pollution and often noise-free. The government is committed to galvanising interest and investing in its efficiency”, he declared.
According to Tijani, the seminar is one of the major initiatives that highlight the Lagos Energy Academy’s capabilities as it evolves and develops a well-rounded academic offering for residents, businesses, and government agencies.
“In a bid to improve the quality of work provided by artisans and technicians in the power and energy industry while also achieving the economic and social goals of the Lagos State government, we have designed ideas and repositioned the Lagos Energy Academy to a world-class standard as well as improved the quality of human capital that graduate from the academy, while ensuring the impact is positively felt not only within the economy of Lagos but also that of Nigeria and Africa as a whole”, he emphasised.
While assuring them of an intellectually engaging experience, Engr. Tijani also added that the seminar will provide attendees with important knowledge on innovative business models to enhance the viability of the solar energy market.