Asteven deploys 20,000 solar systems to communities


Asteven Renewable Energy Academy said it has deployed over 20,000 solar home systems to communities across Nigeria as it is currently building the largest solar tunnel in Africa to power streetlights in Kwara State.

The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Dr. Sunny Akpoyibo, during the launch of the Asteven Renewable Energy Academy and Centre of Excellence in Ogun State at the weekend, said for massive adoption of renewable energy technologies, the government would need to develop policies that specifically sought to encourage the sub-sector rather than comparing it to other well-established traditional fossil fuel-based sub-sectors, adding that negative perception surrounding off-grid solutions and the limited awareness of the benefits of renewable energy, might hinder its growth in the country.

Akpoyibo said though the nation was witnessing some successes in the adoption of renewable energy technologies to provide both decentralised off-grid and individual solutions, lack of technical competence and capacity had also impeded the development of the sector as opportunities for job creation were taken elsewhere.