POWER for All, a firm focused on addressing Africa’s energy poverty and increasing energy access through renewable energy held a workshop with the theme, “Decentralised Renewable Energy 101 Training under the Scaling off-Grid Energy Project” for stakeholders at the Laluna Hotel, Awka.
The workshop was aimed to make Anambra state have stable, cleaner and cheaper source of power to drive the state’s economy and grow the state techpreneurs in renewable energy.
Speaking at the workshop, Anambra State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mark Okoye stated that renewable energy is the new frontier in energy source and that the state pushes for sustainability. “The state is keen on renewable energy. That is why we are interested in this project.”
Citing some experiences the state encountered in the past, the Commissioner said, “It is true we ventured into solar energy before now, but the state government didn’t get it right before embarking on such projects. This time around, the state wants to get the policies right before undertaking on any of such projects.
You can see the direction the world is going with sourcing for energy. See what is happening to our environment with non-renewable energy. Global warming is having it effect on us. How can we tackle this? The answer is through renewable energy. Power from the national grid is not encouraging. As a people, we have to take our destiny in our own hands by going green with energy source,”
The commissioner expressed worry on huge amount used by the state government to power the over two hundred kilometers of streetlights in the state, stating that the amount spent on fuel to power streetlights, which when done with a cheaper and renewable source of energy will reduce the expenses on the state wage bill.
“It is not in our interest that we consume such amount of fuel to power our streetlights. Governor Obiano is worried and wants something done about that. When we save money from that we can channel it to other sectors that are in dire need of intervention.”
The Country Manager, Power for All, Ifeoma Melo, in her remarks stated that they are not just interested using some productive ventures through renewable energy, but to produce modular types that will benefit everyone. The country she said needs constant power supply to develop economically and otherwise.
The state industrial nature calls for stable power supply to expand her business, employ more people, and propel economic growth. That is the reason to mainstream solar as a product.” She assured investors of their investment in the state.
Speaking further, Melo stated that her organisation would soon start a training academy in the region to train engineers on renewable energy technology. “We are starting a Training Academy in the southeast next year and it would save people in the region the cost of travelling outside the region to get trained in the business energy of the future.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget, and Economic Planning, Mr. Leo Imoka, expressed the state government’s appreciation for the workshop and the benefit it will accrue to the state, “The workshop is apt at this juncture, when the power from the national grid has not been encouraging. I think if we can make it sustainable, it will be very nice and a plus for Anambra State.”