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Business owners are turning to solar power

Business owners are turning to solar power
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Solar power is being used by more businesses due to the rising costs of diesel.

As oil prices continue to rise globally, businesses in Nigeria are turning to mini-grids and other alternative power sources to avoid the high cost of diesel. This trend is leading to increased demand for solar products and services from companies specializing in this area. Nigeria’s business community is recognizing the potential of solar power to provide a more stable and cost-effective source of energy, especially in light of the recent volatility in oil prices. While the initial investment cost for solar may be higher than for diesel generators, the long-term cost savings and environmental benefits make solar a more attractive option for businesses looking to reduce their energy costs.

Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into electric current using the photovoltaic effect. Solar power is a renewable energy source, and is one of the most abundant sources of energy available. It has the potential to provide a significant amount of the world’s energy needs, and is already being used to power homes, businesses, and even entire cities.

This concentrated sunlight can then be used to generate electricity.

Concentrated solar power (CSP) is a type of solar power that uses mirrors or lenses to concentrate sunlight. This concentrated sunlight can then be used to generate electricity or heat. CSP is a relatively new technology, but it has the potential to be a very important source of renewable energy. There are two main types of CSP: thermal CSP and photovoltaic CSP. Thermal CSP uses mirrors to concentrate sunlight onto a receiver, which then transfers the heat to a fluid. This fluid can then be used to generate electricity or heat. Photovoltaic CSP concentrates sunlight onto a solar cell. This solar cell then converts the sunlight into electricity.

Solar thermal energy is the technology used to convert the sun’s energy into heat. Solar thermal collectors are used to collect the sun’s heat and convert it into a usable form of energy. There are two types of solar thermal collectors: flat plate collectors and evacuated tube collectors. Flat plate collectors are the most common type of solar thermal collector. They consist of a dark-colored absorber plate that is enclosed in a glass or metal frame. The absorber plate absorbs the sun’s heat and transfers it to a fluid that flows through it.

Majority of new installations are located in the northern part of Nigeria.

The fluid can be water, air, or a heat-transfer fluid. Evacuated tube collectors are less common than flat plate collectors, but they are more efficient. They consist of a series of tubes that are arranged in parallel and contain a heat-absorbing material, such as copper. The tubes are then evacuated of air, creating a vacuum. This vacuum helps to insulate the heat-absorbing material, which helps to increase the efficiency of the collector.

As of the end of 2022, Nigeria is expected to have 12 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations operational across the country. This is a significant increase from the previous year, when only 6 MW of solar PV was operational. The vast majority of these new installations are located in the northern part of the country, where the majority of the population resides. The Nigerian government has been working to increase access to electricity, particularly in rural areas, and solar PV is one of the technologies that they are investing in. They have set a goal of having 20% of the country’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. Solar PV is expected to play a significant role in meeting this target.

These changes to solar power are a step in the right direction.

There has been a substantial increase in the number of approved solar mini-grids serving industrial users this year, though the Ministry of Power has not provided any specific numbers. This is a positive development, as solar energy is a renewable resource that can help to power industrial facilities without causing pollution or other environmental damage. This increase in the use of solar mini-grids is a step in the right direction, and it is hoped that more industrial users will switch to this renewable energy source in the future.


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Ask Nigeria
25 days ago

Business owners are turning to solar powerSolar power is being used by more businesses due to the rising costs of diesel.Express your point of view.

Khalifa001
Member
24 days ago

I think the solar power is more preferable to the diesel because it keeps getting expensive and the solar is always good backup and cost lesser

Mercy unisex saloon
Member
24 days ago

Solar power is a reliable source of energy that would benefit the big organization in terms of savings. The govt are not to be dependent on for power supply. Individual company should have the liberty to generate their own power supply.

Adeolastan
Member
24 days ago

Most of the small companies and multinational companies see’s solar energy as an alternative to generate power which is very good for the eco system and also reduce cost of power used in the company.Nigeria is bless with a very good weather condition that can be convert to energy for use both domestically and industrially.

Remi1
Member
24 days ago

These new solar mini-grids are a positive development that will hopefully increase the usage of this renewable energy source by other industrial users.

Ultra0711
Member
24 days ago

It is a good power light substitute because there is no need to wait for them to bring light before carrying out their tasks and It will also lowers the price and charges for using electricity.

Taiwoo
Member
24 days ago

This is a promising turn of events because solar energy is a non-polluting, non-depleting resource that may contribute to the powering of manufacturing facilities without inflicting any other form of environmental damage.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
24 days ago

Solar is a more appealing choice for companies who are interested in lowering their energy expenses, as it will assist these companies in gaining more.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
24 days ago

This is brilliant because these electricity issues have caused many businesses to shut down. it will help a lot

Yomii
Member
24 days ago

Yeah, the introduction of solar is lovely, but how many Nigerians can afford to get it? That’s where the significant issue is.

Last edited 24 days ago by Yomii
AN-Usman
Member
24 days ago

The electricity’s phase will undoubtedly change if solar panels are used. Businesses rely on regular electricity for their operations, but the charges on that electricity is rising daily and the supply is unstable.

Adesanyaj72
Member
24 days ago

Solar energy is very beneficial and has the potential to meet a sizeable portion of the energy requirements of the world, and people in Naija will enjoy its usage

SarahDiv
Member
24 days ago

The country needs efficient means of electric power generation. The increase in pump price of Diesel has prompted most business to start using solar energy to generate electricity. It is a big shame to our country that can not cater for the electrical need of her citizens. Very pathetic..,..

DimOla
Member
24 days ago

This is an awakening to the fact that we need to find alternative means of power generation. The hike in Diesel price has propel many business own towards getting a electric generating solar set to power their appliances. This will reduce noise and air pollution and give us clear atmosphere. However, the hike in pump Diesel price has proven the incompetence of our government.

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
24 days ago

Considering the advantages like reduction in electricity bills and low maintenance costs and disadvantage like dependent on the weather condition, organizations should ensure they have back up plans to rely on even when they want to divert to the solar system… For example, Mikano generator.

theApr
Member
24 days ago

Since the power supply is unreliable, and the price of fuel has been skyrocketing, solar seem like an Optimal option. Btw, businesses depends on it for their operation.

AN-Abiodun
Member
24 days ago

Solar panels will indeed change the phase to electricity.

The cost of normal electricity is increasing everyday, whereas businesses depend on it for their activities.

Hassan Isa
Member
24 days ago

The fact that Nigeria’s corporate community is beginning to see the potential of solar power to provide a more reliable and cost-effective source of electricity is a very encouraging sign.

Chibuzor
Member
24 days ago

Have we installed a sufficient number of solar panels across the country? because of the fact that this will lead to an increase in the demand for solar products and services from businesses who specialise in this field.

Kazeem1
Member
24 days ago

Solar power will be excellent for operating businesses because it won’t require the constant use of petrol which is usually scarce nowadays.

Tonerol10
Member
24 days ago

Solar power is good. Another way of cutting cost since diesel and fuel price is increasing in country that have crude oil. What a country

Tolaniiii
Member
24 days ago

As much as solar system has advantages like low maintenance costs, renewable energy source and reduction in electricity bills. It also has a major disadvantage of being dependent on the weather condition, that is it will have little or no use during raining season. So organizations should ensure they have back up plans even when they are want to divert to the solar system

Bola12
Member
24 days ago

solar is a clean, emissions-free, and renewable energy source. Unlike fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas, solar doesn’t release harmful pollutants or greenhouse gas emissions like carbon dioxide into the air and water supply. So it is highly recommended.

Haykaylyon26
Member
24 days ago

It is a good alternative of power light, no need for waiting for them to bring light before they perform their activities. Fuel cost, so solar power is more convenience to perform your day activities, they will be the one control it the solar power when is charged not to be waiting for general light and it reduce the cost on power they will not be pay for power because it is charged by sun

jdpumping
Member
24 days ago

What is expected of business owners when privatized electricity companies failed to supply power definitely for the growth and success of one’s business you look else where which is the solar energy…. Nigerian government are not helping at all.

Christiana
Member
24 days ago

Using Solar power is actually better than using generators because it doesn’t create air pollution like generators does so adoptions this system will not be a bad idea.

Last edited 24 days ago by Christiana
Abusi
Member
24 days ago

This is a very good alternative to the conventional power supply from PHCN. There is always a problem with gencos and the discos in the generation and distribution of light. So people should begin to look into solar energy to generate electricity. I hope the government also adopt this initiative.

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