170,000 Nigerian families will tonight enjoy bright reliable light and electricity using solar systems they acquired during 2016 from companies supported by the successful Solar Nigeria Programme.
Solar works everywhere and is cheaper then burning kerosene: Single solar lamps are brighter than kerosene lanterns and pay for themselves in as little as 6 weeks, then last for 2 to 3 years at no further cost. Larger solar lamps provide brighter light and can also charge mobile phones. Bigger systems can run a fan, television, and several room lights and can be leased for less money than it costs to run a ‘beta-pass-my-neighbour’ petrol generator.
The multi-award-winning Solar Nigeria Programme aims to help 5 million Nigerian homes (about 25 million people) access solar systems by the year 2020. Last year it provided total funding £ 2 million to 18 companies. Some of the international and local companies that received grants – and that sold or leased solar to 170,000 homes – include Lumos, d.light, Awango by Total, LAPO micro finance bank, Arnergy, EMEL, Wandel, and Sosai. More recent recipients of grant include Solar Sister and PAS Bboxx. Grants helped them to expand more quickly to reach more customers, and to create jobs for more people.