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Nigeria begins production of solar panel

9 December 2011, Sweetcrude, ABUJA – Nigeria has commenced production of its solar panels for electricity purposes, becoming the third country in Africa, outside South Africa and Egypt, to do so.

Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Ita Okon Bassey Ewa, dropped the hints Thursday during a consultation visit to the Minister of Power, Professor Bart Nnaji.

Mrs Greyne Anosike, Head, Media and Public Relations at the Ministry, quoted the minister as saying that the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has successfully produced solar panels of international standard.

This, according to the minister, would now bridge the quantum of foreign exchange being spent on importing panels from Asia and Europe annually.

With the development, Nigeria joins Egypt and South Africa as the only African nations with the technological capacity to mass produce solar panels.

Prof. Ewa was accompanied on the visit by his Permanent Secretary, Dr. Dare Awosika and the Director General of NASENI, Prof. O. Adewuye.

He told the Power Minister that they came to show solidarity with the efforts of his ministry to translate Nigerian dream into reality and to seek areas of collaboration in defining ways in which science and engineering could impact and drive rural development.

Ewa called for good partnership between the two ministries to drive the solar panel technology in Karchi, Abuja, forward.

According to him, the Science and Technology Ministry believes that given the difficult terrain in some parts of the country, clusters of electricity generating units as dams, wind and solar would be the best option forward.

He disclosed that his Ministry had done extensive studies relating to them and would invite the Power Minister to see them soon.

The Minister said, “on wind energy, we have produced wind map for the country, which tells us where we have the strongest wind velocity for power generation”.

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  • Victor jp mordi

    Solar panels are not manufactured but assembled with manual labour – since solar panel assembly like rice is labour intensive- d most important aspect of solar is knowledge (i am in posession of assembly guides and videos for solar panel assembly) solar is a united states intelectual property right which d united states gives to intrested friendly countries which Nigeria is so i believbe that ingot machines are in place and diffrient types of crystals will be produced which is a basic raw materials for solar assembly – let them be more open- i will set up skill acquisition centers for training young electronic graduates on d skill of manufacturing solar panels – and will also flood d market with ready to use solar panels

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    • In my state, they just credit your bill with what you pocrude. I guess you could install a system that pocrudes more than you use, but that would be very silly because the power you pocrude would cost you a lot more than what you can buy it for on the grid. Fact Solar is NOT FREE. Fact Solar power for most people will cost MORE than grid power, even with federal and state subsidies using our Tax Dollars.Solar Power is great for the well off who can afford it to help the environment, but please do not take my hard earned tax dollars to help the well off that can afford it to get richer. If we are going to subsidize, then help the people that NEED the help. Lets buy solar for a poor single mom trying to get by. This way we help the environment, AND help someone have a better life.

  • They consist of a stemconducior junction which has an uneven distribution of charge so it has an electric field in it. When light hits the material, an electron is knocked off from its parent atom and can move around the material. The electric field pushes it in one direction, et voila. You have current!(it’s most complicated than that, but it needs quantum physics to understand).In summary, light goes in and DC electricity comes out of the panel.To use it in your house you will need an inverter as well, which turns it into useful AC. Then you need a way of using up the extra electricity you produce when it’s sunny but you’re not using power Some people use batteries, most people use grid tied’ systems, plug in to the national grid and sell electricity to power companies that you’re not using!Unfortunately, without major subsidies (like those offered in Germany, Japan and soon the UK), solar panels aren’t likely to be cost effective. In the UK it costs about a35-6,000 to install a kWp of solar power and it will make about a390 of electricity a year. In California it’s sunnier, so would make about a3200 of electricity a year, but it’s still very VERY expensive without subsidy.On the plus side, technology is improving. Thin film technology can be done at half the price, so I’d say hold on until thin film solar cells go up for sale (right now they only sell them to companies for big projects). Prices should drop by at least half in the coming years if they can make enough to sell to households and at that price it’ll be worth it in places like California.